As you know, MassFiscal has ardently supported many of the reforms the Baker administration has proposed over the years. However, the Governor’s current budget proposal included a 50% increase to the real estate excise tax—to fund climate change solutions—MassFiscal was quick to object. Our 501(c)3 sister organization, the Fiscal Alliance Foundation, even polled residents and found taxpayers were not supportive of this tax.
Since the poll was conducted, the legislature has named new chairs of the important Ways and Means Committee. This committee is tasked with adopting and advancing tax policy, including the Governor’s tax increase proposal. Now that the pieces are finally set, MassFiscal is pleased to announce that mail boxes across our state have started to fill up with our first educational mailer of 2019. In all, tens of thousands of households across the Commonwealth are receiving our first mailer and and many more are receiving its digital counterpart on their computers and phones.
Our goal is simple—keep taxes low. Every year our state budget continues to increase, and lawmakers seem to vote themselves another generous pay raise. The hard-working homeowners of our state cannot be asked to pay more in taxes to cover this irresponsibility, and the cost of housing should not have to go up even more to satisfy the spending appetites of Beacon Hill.
If you would like to download a copy of our mailer, please click here and here.
If you would like to contact your lawmakers and demand that they do not include this tax increase in the legislature’s budget, please complete our brief call to action by clicking here.
As always, MassFiscal will continue to fight for reform before revenue at the State House.