Only in liberal Massachusetts could a governor threaten to veto a proposed, huge tax hike, because it does not go far enough. That’s right! “Tax It All” Deval Patrick, second-term governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, says he will veto a $500 million tax hike proposed by the legislature, claiming it is a short-term fix.
Patrick insists the tax hike “raises taxes on everyone.” His proposal? A $1.9 billion income tax hike. The money would be used for the usual pet, left-wing projects: mass transit, early childhood education, education in general and lowering the cost of college education.
Have you noticed, by the way, all the efforts to lower the cost of a college education, never lower the cost of a college education?
The governor is predicting the usual doom-and-gloom, if the half-billion dollar tax hike were to become a reality: potholes on the highways, a less-than-bright future for the kids, yada, yada, yada.
Mind you, I don’t feel sorry for this crowd. Massachusetts voters, like Connecticut’s, have chosen to freeze out the Republican Party by establishing a voter dichotomy that pits the suburbs against the cities. The cities usually win, with the fiscal conservatives the losers. The end result? Now we have a situation where the tax-and-spend crowd is arguing among itself, that proposed massive tax hikes are not enough. They need to go even higher.
Perhaps there is a reason Massachusetts is really known as “Taxachusetts,”