“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
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