Massachusetts: The Gas Tax & Stealing over your Weight

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Massachusetts: The Gas Tax & Stealing over your Weight

If you are a con­ser­v­a­tive in Mass­a­chu­setts there isn’t a lot to cheer about this morning.

Yes Char­lie Baker has won the cor­ner office which means that Big Gov­ern­ment in Mass­a­chu­setts will be run by an hon­est man who is a com­pe­tent man­ager, that’s an improvement.

How­ever he had all the coat­tails of a streaker at a foot­ball game which isn’t the way to build a party, of course con­sid­er­ing how lit­tle we heard of other GOP can­di­dates one might con­clude the state party’s con­cern was win­ning all the patron­age of the appointed posi­tions by the gov­er­nor with­out elect­ing any of those icky con­ser­v­a­tives to office who might rock the boat.

There were two bright spots in the evening.

Bal­lot Ques­tion 2 which would have expanded the bot­tle bill went down to a crush­ing defeat, while bal­lot Ques­tion #1 passed 5347 remov­ing the oner­ous Gas tax linked to infla­tion allow­ing taxes to go up with­out a vote (A hearty well done to all involved par­tic­u­larly Marty Lamb there).

It is that result, com­bined with Democ­rats sweep at the state house and the left’s vic­tory on Ques­tion 4 which man­dates busi­nesses pro­vide earned sick leave for employ­ers that really explains the mind­set of voter in Mass­a­chu­setts. It’s about what is in front of their faces & noth­ing else.

If Ques­tion two, the bot­tle bill expan­sion passed every per­son would have to pay that extra nickel (to start) when­ever they pur­chased a non car­bon­ated drink and to get that nickel back they would have to carry that bot­tle to a redemp­tion cen­ter. It would affect peo­ple across party and class and racial lines which is why it lost by almost a mil­lion votes out of 2.1 mil­lion cast. 7327%

Ques­tion one had even more dire con­se­quences, a Gas tax linked to infla­tion would mean a reg­u­lar tax increase every year for­ever. Every per­son & com­pany who dri­ves a car or truck and pays for gas was would be affected. Because there are a large amount of peo­ple who don’t drive and there­fore didn’t see the effect on them (in the form of increased prices for good) the mar­gin was smaller but enough of the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion still fills their tank weekly to allow the ques­tion to pass by 5347% the mar­gin being just under 120,000 votes.

But Ques­tion 4 Sick Pay law that passed by 18 points (5941) was another story. Most vot­ers didn’t under­stand what it means to super­mar­kets like Mar­ket Bas­ket Restau­rants like Sin­ga­pore and even pizzeria’s like Espresso’s in fact all you might see if you are a bag­ger, a bus­boy or a pizza dri­ver all you know is you’ve just got an hour of paid sick­time for every 30 hours you work up to a max­i­mum of one paid 40 hour “sick” week a year. That’s likely why it passed by almost 400,000 votes.

Even when the super­mar­ket inch up their prices the Restau­rant cuts your hours and the pizza place decides not to hire the votes won’t make the con­nec­tion that the cost of that effec­tive 23% pay raise that you forced them to give is going to have to come from some­where.

That dis­con­nect from real­ity is why the same “highly edu­cated” vot­ers who repealed the oner­ous Gas tax can re-​elect almost every sin­gle state sen­a­tor and rep­re­sen­ta­tive who voted to impose it upon them with­out bat­ting an eyelash.

The folks at the state­house will learn from that result and be smarter next time. They’ll make small grad­ual changes, and reach into your wal­let more sub­tlety, not steal­ing over their weight or attract­ing attention.

They know if they do they’ll be all right, the votes who might notice and the busi­ness that employ them moved out of Mass­a­chu­setts a very long time ago.

I’ll give Gov­er­nor Baker a chance, but if he doesn’t attempt to build the party on the local or state level my advice to young peo­ple of tal­ent when it comes to Mass­a­chu­setts will remain the same.

Get out while there still isn’t an exit tax to do so.

If you are a conservative in Massachusetts there isn’t a lot to cheer about this morning.

Yes Charlie Baker has won the corner office which means that Big Government in Massachusetts will be run by an honest man who is a competent manager, that’s an improvement.

However he had all the coattails of a streaker at a football game which isn’t the way to build a party, of course considering how little we heard of other GOP candidates one might conclude the state party’s concern was winning all the patronage of the appointed positions by the governor without electing any of those icky conservatives to office who might rock the boat.

There were two bright spots in the evening.

Ballot Question 2 which would have expanded the bottle bill went down to a crushing defeat, while ballot Question #1 passed 53-47 removing the onerous Gas tax linked to inflation allowing taxes to go up without a vote (A hearty well done to all involved particularly Marty Lamb there).

It is that result, combined with Democrats sweep at the state house and the left’s victory on Question 4 which mandates businesses provide earned sick leave for employers that really explains the mindset of voter in Massachusetts. It’s about what is in front of their faces & nothing else.

If Question two, the bottle bill expansion passed every person would have to pay that extra nickel (to start) whenever they purchased a non carbonated drink and to get that nickel back they would have to carry that bottle to a redemption center. It would affect people across party and class and racial lines which is why it lost by almost a million votes out of 2.1 million cast. 73-27%

Question one had even more dire consequences, a Gas tax linked to inflation would mean a regular tax increase every year forever. Every person & company who drives a car or truck and pays for gas was would be affected. Because there are a large amount of people who don’t drive and therefore didn’t see the effect on them (in the form of increased prices for good) the margin was smaller but enough of the general population still fills their tank weekly to allow the question to pass by 53-47% the margin being just under 120,000 votes.

But Question 4 Sick Pay law that passed by 18 points (59-41) was another story. Most voters didn’t understand what it means to supermarkets like Market Basket Restaurants like Singapore and even pizzeria’s like Espresso’s in fact all you might see if you are a bagger, a busboy or a pizza driver all you know is you’ve just got an hour of paid sicktime for every 30 hours you work up to a maximum of one paid 40 hour “sick” week a year. That’s likely why it passed by almost 400,000 votes.

Even when the supermarket inch up their prices the Restaurant cuts your hours and the pizza place decides not to hire the votes won’t make the connection that the cost of that effective 2-3% pay raise that you forced them to give is going to have to come from somewhere.

That disconnect from reality is why the same “highly educated” voters who repealed the onerous Gas tax can re-elect almost every single state senator and representative who voted to impose it upon them without batting an eyelash.

The folks at the statehouse will learn from that result and be smarter next time. They’ll make small gradual changes, and reach into your wallet more subtlety, not stealing over their weight or attracting attention.

They know if they do they’ll be all right, the votes who might notice and the business that employ them moved out of Massachusetts a very long time ago.

I’ll give Governor Baker a chance, but if he doesn’t attempt to build the party on the local or state level my advice to young people of talent when it comes to Massachusetts will remain the same.

Get out while there still isn’t an exit tax to do so.