“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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The work of the Worcester Tea Party is being the sensible alternative to the scroungy schemes put forth by the Loony Leftists.  We do this through education and by drawing attention to the issues and challenges facing our Commonwealth (Massachusetts).  This may seem parochial, but if you remember it was the alleged success of Romney Care, that got us the Odious Obama Care that continues to afflict our Republic as a whole.  If we don’t fight them here, you most assuredly will fight them where you are.

Therefore Worcester Tea Party continues our opposition to the cynically named “Fair Share Amendment” which seeks to change our state’s Constitution to allow a surtax of 80% on incomes of one million or more. This ludicrous tax scheme that has been tried and failed in Maryland, New Jersey, and Connecticut. If enacted here it will cause businesses and jobs to flee our Commonwealth. It should be called the Mass Exodus Tax!

To bring our message to the patriots of western MA we are proudly partnering with Steve Tougas in sponsoring the fantastic Jordan Page in Concert.  Jordan will be rocking the house with his own hit songs, and brilliant cover remixes. Don’t miss this chance to see liberty rocker, Jordan Page, LIVE IN CONCERT, right here in Massachusetts! This special benefit event will kick off this year’s big 5th Annual Flag Day Second Amendment Rally.  Admittance to the concert is ONLY $20 at the door!  So its worth the drive from anywhere.  At this concert we will be distributing our new MA Exodus Tax Bumpah Stickah’s. Get them while they last and spread the truth to our truth starved neighbors.

Respectfully,
Matt O’Brien
President Worcester Tea Party

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Everywhere you look in the media the headlines are full of it. Incivility Reigns! Bullying! Cyber bullying! Mean Girls Rule! All there on the front page, all there on the splash, all there waiting for you to click on to see who said what about whom. Never mind if any of its true, never mind for any of it matters to anything more than some imagine scorecard written in some media office pool. But we’re constantly berated, and constantly told that we’ve allowed incivility to overwhelm our Republic. We elected President Trump and created the Republic of Hate, all incivility for everyone all the time.

The only problem is it’s not true.

Every book on etiquette I have ever seen has had some version of the phrase; the social norms today are much looser than they were in our parents’ time. This is way of saying all the social norms are out the window, and the world is going to hell in a hand basket. This is also a common refrain when people talk about civility. I find this kind of incredible, but of course completely credible because so few people understand our history.

We are in a golden age of Civility, even though we are also at an all-time high for the use of  George Carlin’s 7 words you can’t say. It was not that long ago that mob violence common occurrence in our country. Levels of incivility in our nation are on the decline people actually get along a lot better. There is a lot more Harmony than people give credit to because “War Imminent” headlines sell more newspapers than “Peace Breaks Out.”

It is up to all of us to do our little bit to spread Civility and to not make incivility profitable. Don’t get me wrong I’m not thinking being civil is easy, and frankly I’ve had my own lapses. But if we remember our history, we will see what happens when we allow those dogs to get off the leash. Incivility is detrimental to our beliefs about who we are and who we want to be. Practicing Civics with Civility is the main way that each of us can do our share to create that more perfect union.

Respectfully,
Matt O’Brien
President Worcester Tea Party

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is in the process of reacquiring the nickname TAX-achusetts.  The Loony Left has come up with a ballot question they have cynically named the “Fair Share Amendment.” This proposed change our state’s Constitution would allow a surtax of 80% on incomes of one million or more. Further language in the amendment ear marks the additional funds be spent on public education, roads and bridges, and public transportation.  This is the same graduated income tax that has been rejected by the voters many times before.

The Worcester Tea Party opposes this cynical tax scheme that will drive productive businesses and families from our state.  We have created an online petition opposing the “Fair Share Amendment” ballot question.

Here is the link to the petition, please sign it and share it on social media.

We will demonstrating against the “Fair Share Amendment” before the start of the GOP State Convention on Saturday April 28th at the DCU Center 50 Foster St, Worcester, MA 01608.  We are calling on Governor Baker to make opposition to the “Fair Share Amendment” ballot question part of his reelection campaign.  With enough signatures we hope to stop the “Fair Share Amendment” before it ruins our economy.

Respectfully,
Matt O’Brien
President Worcester Tea Party