I’d put this in GD, but I think I shall be passing out under the influence of influenza shortly and don’t know when next I’ll be around. (Want to avoid starting a debate where I’m not much of a part of it.)
In Massachusetts, we have three questions on our ballot, but the first is what has me worried. Question One asks whether we should abolish the state income tax. That represents 40% of our state’s income.
The proponents claim that this will eliminate governmental excess. Said people are also enamored of New Hampshire’s system of no income but (ridiculously) high property tax. The nick name “Taxachusetts” get bandied about quite often.
The opponents (which would include me) believe that:
[li]while there’s excess in any budget, I sincerely doubt that there’s 40% excess.[/li][li]IIRC, there is a survey that compares percentage of annual salary paid in the six New England States, and New York. Mass is the lowest.[/li][li]A 40% cut in the state’s budget will resound down the line to towns. Most towns get a rather significant amount of money from the state. (“Local Aid” for those playing the home game.) In the town where I work (I’m a teacher), a 40% cut in state aid would translate to a 20% cut in the school’s budget. I really can’t say that things will be peachy keen if we lose 1 in 5 staff members.[/ul][/li]
This question (or one just like it) was on the ballot about 5 years ago, when the economy was much stronger. (And thus, people weren’t thinking with their wallets, so to speak.) It was voted down with a 45/55 margin. I can easily see that being reversed this year.
I hate to say it, but, if this passes, I may seriously think about moving to another state. Believe it or not, but I could make a heck of a lot more money in either New Hampshire or Pennsylvania.