In case you missed it, according to State House News Service, some Beacon Hill Democrats are ready to raise your taxes…again! What’s particularly puzzling is the fact that one member, Representative Kay Khan (D-Newton), would like to ignore the will of the voters and restore the sales tax on alcohol purchases. Yes, you just voted to repeal this very tax! Representative Khan told SHNS, “I think there’s a disconnect between wanting all of the services, wanting to get money back to our cities and towns for local aid and education -- and we have to pay for it.”
Khan and some of her colleagues certainly seem to be disconnected, from reality that is! The Newton Democrat says she “intends to file legislation to increase the excise tax on alcohol, as well as a proposal to remove the sales tax exemption on candy and fruit drinks.” Khan isn’t alone in this quest though. Other notable tax increase legislation was filed by Representative Jonathan Hect (D-Watertown) would like to raise the state’s cigarette tax by $1.25/pack.
Assistant Minority Leader George N. Peterson responded to these proposals told SHNS, “What are they insane? It’s crazy.” Peterson went on to say, “This is not about helping people quit. This is about money.”
What do you think of the proposals to raise more taxes?