Here we go again. Our elected officials on Beacon Hill are once again talking about raising our taxes. It was just two short years ago legislators raised the sales tax by 25 percent. Did that money increase local aid or put people back to work? No. It just went into the general fund.
We are in a deep recession. Many of our neighbors and family members are unemployed, under employed or fearful of losing their jobs. Families are making tough decisions on their finances. Our state government should not continue to add to the burden.
Unfortunately, the discussion on Beacon Hill is not focused on whether or not to raise taxes, but rather on which ones to hike. So far, we have heard talk of increasing cigarette and gas taxes while creating a new tax on sugar products. They want to tax children’s lollipops. Let’s not forget that they are also considering raising MBTA fares.
We need legislators who will fight for the taxpayers.