Tax Battle 11/4

taxes.jpg Home of an early, famous tax revolt, a.k.a. the Boston Tea Party, Massachusetts is at it again. Voters will go to their battle stations again in November. This time, it’s ballot question 1.

This would cut the 5.3% personal income tax in half in January 2009 and eliminate it entirely the next year. Taxpayers would appreciate over $3,000 more cash. The commonwealth would lose up to 39% of its revenue.

The yes-on-1 people say the government would find ways to slash waste and make up the difference. Our guest Tuesday (9/30), Michael J. Widmer, says otherwise.

Listen in live at 2:30 p.m. or catch it here later.

Widmer is president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.  He frames the much more complex reasons and arguments against the ballot measure.


  1. Norman Paley Said,

    September 25, 2008 @ 10:17 pm

    Looks like you are going to have a very one sided discussion. What I would like to know, is your program an advertisement for the vote no folks or is it a vehicle for people to be able to here both sides of the debate and then make up their own minds on how to vote?

  2. MassMarrier Said,

    September 26, 2008 @ 10:27 am

    That’s a fair criticism and we think about that. Normally, we have one guest on solo and explore a topic deeply. You can notice in contested elections, we try to get more than one candidate on in sequence. We don’t stage debates though.

    In this case, we’ll be looking for a small government person before the election. Also, in case we don’t get one, we’ll bring up the well publicized statements of those who on the yes side. Widmer’s responses will be convincing or not.

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