The SJC gives us a Victory but …

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The SJC gives us a Victory but ...

“We con­clude that the ini­tia­tive peti­tion should not have been cer­ti­fied by the Attor­ney Gen­eral as ‘in proper form for sub­mis­sion to the peo­ple,’ because, con­trary to the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, the peti­tion does not con­tain only sub­jects ’which are related or which are mutu­ally depen­dent’,” Jus­tice Frank M. Gaziano wrote in the decision.

And with that the Supreme Judi­cial Court (SJC) of the Com­mon­wealth of Mass­a­chu­setts ended the sixth attempt to enacted a grad­u­ated income tax.

While I am glad that there will be no MA Exo­dus Tax I am dis­ap­pointed. No one can be cer­tain of the out­come of a vote before it hap­pens, (remem­ber Scott Brown?). Only a Bal­lot Ques­tion can pro­vide the oppor­tu­nity to talk about pol­icy with out the bag­gage of a politician’s indi­vid­ual per­son­al­ity. It says a lot about me that I get excited about wonk­ish pol­icy debates. The sum­mer promised an impor­tant con­ver­sa­tion on proper roll of taxes and gov­ern­ment spend­ing. With­out the Bal­lot Ques­tion, that con­ver­sa­tion will hap­pen behind closed doors and not in the mar­ket place of ideas. With­out the Bal­lot Ques­tion the politi­cians that get their office by play­ing Santa will invent new schemes to tax us, and mis­spend the money col­lected. Our state bud­get is trend­ing in a direc­tion that can not con­tinue and must be changed. If we don’t, the result­ing clash will harm many inno­cent peo­ple. I don’t know how to have that dis­cus­sion with­out the Bal­lot Question.

Today there is cel­e­bra­tion and relief. Tomor­row I will have to make new plans to save our Com­mon­wealth from the Klep­to­crates. And fig­ure out what to do with all of these Bumpah Stickahs

Respect­fully,
Matt O’Brien
Pres­i­dent: Worces­ter Tea Party

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P.S.
The WTP is enjoy­ing the priv­i­lege of post­ing here weekly because Pete is a patriot and a Hero of our Repub­lic.
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“We conclude that the initiative petition should not have been certified by the Attorney General as ‘in proper form for submission to the people,’ because, contrary to the certification, the petition does not contain only subjects ’which are related or which are mutually dependent’,” Justice Frank M. Gaziano wrote in the decision.

And with that the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts ended the sixth attempt to enacted a graduated income tax.

While I am glad that there will be no MA Exodus Tax I am disappointed.  No one can be certain of the outcome of a vote before it happens, (remember Scott Brown?).  Only a Ballot Question can provide the opportunity to talk about policy with out the baggage of a politician’s individual personality.  It says a lot about me that I get excited about wonkish policy debates.  The summer promised an important conversation on proper roll of taxes and government spending.  Without the Ballot Question, that conversation will happen behind closed doors and not in the market place of ideas.  Without the Ballot Question the politicians that get their office by playing Santa will invent new schemes to tax us, and misspend the money collected.   Our state budget is trending in a direction that can not continue and must be changed.  If we don’t, the resulting clash will harm many innocent people.  I don’t know how to have that discussion without the Ballot Question.

Today there is celebration and relief.  Tomorrow I will have to make new plans to save our Commonwealth from the Kleptocrates.  And figure out what to do with all of these Bumpah Stickahs

Respectfully,
Matt O’Brien
President:  Worcester Tea Party

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P.S.
The WTP is enjoying the privilege of posting here weekly because Pete is a patriot and a Hero of our Republic.
Please Support the work of the Worcester Tea Party.