Wednesday, December 5, 2012

House Minority Leader Brad Jones: State’s Current Fiscal Dilemma Should Slam Door on Talk of Tax Increases Once and For All

House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) issued the following statement today in response to Governor Patrick’s comments on the impending ‘fiscal cliff’ while continuing to mull the prospect of tax increases in the Commonwealth:

“Based on the Governor’s comments yesterday, there should be no more talk of broad-based tax increases in the Commonwealth.

It is deeply concerning that while Governor Patrick issued a stern warning to members of Congress that going over the ‘fiscal cliff’ would burden all Americans with a tax increase that would be devastating, he continues to explore all options for a tax hike here in Massachusetts.

At the risk of being repetitive: the Commonwealth’s economy remains extremely fragile. Any statewide tax increase would be disastrous. Governor Patrick and Democratic leaders must recognize this fact, and if they don’t, Massachusetts may go over a ‘fiscal cliff’ of its own.”