Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Should have done nothing and tighten the belts

House OK's hike in Mass. sales tax
Tally enough to override Patrick's threatened veto
By Matt Viser
Globe Staff / April 28, 2009

House lawmakers approved a sales tax hike last night by a veto-proof margin, capping a dramatic showdown with Governor Deval Patrick after he threatened to veto the broad-based tax increase.
Patrick said he did not believe that the public will support the House plan without bigger changes on Beacon Hill, including curbing pension abuses and tightening ethics codes.

"I don't believe that we can go to the public and ask for any broad-based tax increase unless we get meaningful outcomes on the reform measures that are pending," Patrick told reporters yesterday afternoon.
The sales tax debate

Lots of us agree that the state should have done nothing and tighten the belts:

Survey: Tax hike or no?


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