A Ballot Committee of Citizens for Limited Taxation


Massachusetts High Technology Council


For Immediate Release: October 25, 2000

Contact: John Brockelman - (617) 338-2174
Howard Foley, Mass High Tech Council - (781) 890-6482

Mass. High Technology Council Blasts New "No On 4" Ad

Mass High Tech Council says reducing state income tax burden
will attract and retain high tech jobs here in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts High Technology Council, representing approximately 130,000 high tech, high-value-added jobs, today blasted a new "No On 4" campaign ad saying that it does not represent the views high tech businesses statewide. The Mass High Tech Council board unanimously endorsed Question #4 on June 1, 2000. Question #4 would reduce the state’s income tax rate from 5.85% to 5% over 3 years.

The new "No On 4" campaign ad claims that voting "Yes On 4" would hurt our high tech economy in Massachusetts.

"Our board unanimously endorsed Question #4 because high tech business leaders from across the state know that one of the keys to attracting and retaining good high tech jobs here in Massachusetts is to have a competitive income tax rate," said Mass High Tech Council President Howard Foley. "Massachusetts’ personal income tax burden remains among the highest in the nation. Measured per capita, the Commonwealth places 5th among the 50 states, at almost twice the national average. When only state (and not local) personal income taxes are considered, Massachusetts has the highest personal income taxes in the country on a per capita basis and second highest when measured as a percentage of personal income."

"Furthermore, Massachusetts taxpayers have invested more than six billion dollars in new state aid to improve public education since 1993, and according to the latest figures from the National Education Association, Massachusetts ranks 7th in spending per student, $7,069 per elementary and secondary school student," Foley added.

Foley also noted that an independent study commissioned by MassINC and the Heinz Foundation found that the state’s income tax burden has contributed to the high cost of living in Massachusetts, which hurts high tech companies’ ability to attract and retain jobs:

"…what is beyond dispute is that state residents pay a considerably higher state income tax burden than their average counterparts across the nation." (The Road Ahead: Emerging Threats to Workers, Families and the Massachusetts Economy, MassINC & the Heinz Foundation)

The Massachusetts High Technology Council is a 23-year old non-profit corporation comprised of business leaders of high technology and high-value added service companies. The Massachusetts High Technology Council represents companies employing approximately 130,000 people across the state.

In addition to the Mass High Tech Council, the Massachusetts Business Roundtable and the local chapter of the National Federation of Independent Businesses representing over 10,000 small businesses statewide have endorsed Question #4.