MA Middle Class Small Business Owners Hold Press Conference to Warn the Public on Impact of 80% Income Tax Hike by the Legislature
The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance and Chris Carlozzi of the National Federation of Independent Business hosted a press conference via Zoom with several Massachusetts small business owners this morning to tackle the issue of the legislature’s 80% income tax increase amendment.Read more
Economic Experts, Lawmakers, and Watchdog Orgs Respond to Income Tax Hike and Warn the Public Against Being Educated by Propaganda
The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, Citizens for Limited Taxation, Dr. David Tuerck of the Beacon Hill Institute, Chris Carlozzi of the National Federation of Independent Business, and a bi-partisan group of state lawmakers including State Senator Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton), State Representatives Colleen Garry (D-Dracut), David DeCoste (R-Norwell), Marc Lombardo (R-Billerica) and Nick Boldyga (S-Southwick) came together for a press conference to warn the public about the upcoming ballot question proposed by the legislature that would amend the state constitution and allow the legislature to raise the income tax rate on specific groups.Read more
The legislature's proposed Income Surtax amendment, aka Proposition 80, aka the “Millionaire’s Tax” is an attempt by far-left pressure groups to impose a constitutional amendment on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that would allow the imposition of a surtax on income above $1,000,000 dollars. Currently, all Massachusetts residents enjoy a constitutionally protected right to equal taxation. Similar schemes have been rejected by the voters five times, each time failing by wide margins (1962, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1994). In 2018, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled an attempt to bring the measure to the 2018 ballot unconstitutional.
In June of 2021, the Fiscal Alliance Foundation and The Beacon Hill Institute (BHI) released a study showing the effects of instituting an income surtax on the Massachusetts economy: That study is available here: https://www.fiscalalliancefoundation.org/new-study-millionaires-tax-high-cost-low-return
The BHI/FAF study is the first time in recent memory that Massachusetts data was collected and used to determine the economic result if this tax were to become law. This is especially relevant because of the recent effects of COVID-19 on the state economy.
The Fiscal Alliance Foundation specifically states, “The “Millionaire’s Tax” will be harmful to state’s economy and will result in lost jobs, investments, and disposable income. With its high economic costs in place, the tax would also bring far less revenue than what proponents currently claim. Contrary to their messaging, BHI found that the middle class would also feel the impact of this tax. For example, in 2023, more than 4,000 families would leave Massachusetts with employment dipping by nearly 9,000 jobs. To make matters worse, according to BHI, the tax will only bring in about half ($1.2 billion) of the amount politicians are claiming ($2 billion). The dramatic discrepancy in how much would be collected would most likely not result in a reduction in planned state spending, but rather, new taxes and fees falling on the middle class to make up for the low return from the tax.”
Increasing taxes on wealthy citizens also has major potential to backfire. For instance, a single taxpayer, David Tepper, left New Jersey because of a similar tax scheme they launched, taking his investment company with him. Estimates put the loss of revenue upwards of $140,000,000 a year (New York Post, 4/10/16).
When politicians institute taxes like these, they spend the money immediately. When the revenue doesn’t pan out as projected, there’s only one place left to get the money they’ve already spent: middle and working class families. That’s when that million-dollar threshold will crash down on the rest of us.
Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance made the following statement today after Senate President Karen Spilka and Speaker Ron Mariano successfully pushed forward an amendment to the state constitution that would effectively eliminate the equal taxation clause.Read more
On Wednesday, the legislature voted to advance an amendment to the state constitution to make Massachusetts a graduated income tax state and raise taxes by 80% on “high earners.” The grad tax would also impact locally owned, independent small businesses filing as S Corporations or pass-throughs.Read more
For the Seventh Time: Big Gov’t Lawmakers Will Push for a Grad Tax via an 80% Tax Hike to the State Constitution
On Wednesday, lawmakers will once again vote to amend the state constitution to make Massachusetts a graduated income tax state. Just like last time, they want to raise taxes by 80% on Massachusetts high earners. This is their seventh attempt! Similar attempts have been rejected by the voters in 1962, 1968, 1972, 1976, and 1994. In 1994, the voters rejected it by a 65% margin, with 316 of the state's 351 municipalities voting against it. To download a copy of the election results, click here.Read more
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.