Constitutional Convention Advances Graduated Income Tax Vote to June
Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance Statement – “No”
BOSTON 5-9-2019 – The House and Senate held a constitutional convention and approved 156-37, (House approved 121-33, Senate approved 35-4), a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow a graduated income tax in Massachusetts and impose an additional 4 percent income tax, in addition to the current flat 5.1 percent one, on taxpayers’ earnings of more than $1 million. Language in the amendment requires that “subject to appropriation” the revenue will go to fund quality public education, affordable public colleges, and universities, and for the repair and maintenance of roads, bridges and public transportation.
Responding to efforts by some big government lawmakers, including state Senator Jason Lewis (D-Winchester) and Representative James O’Day’s (D-Worcester), to revive the recently rejected proposal to amend the state constitution and shift Massachusetts to a graduated income tax, the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance made the following statement in response to today’s Constitutional Convention.
“The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance stands with the voters, who on five separate occasions voted against making Massachusetts a graduated income tax state, and with the state’s highest court which recently rejected a similar scheme as unconstitutional,” stated Paul D. Craney, spokesman for the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance.
“Some lawmakers think history started in 2019, but this policy idea is the most rejected in the state’s history. The answer should always be NO, when considering removing our constitutionally protected guarantees of equal taxation,” he continued.