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House GOP Wants to Make Tax Hikes Harder to Pass

Their proposal calls for a two-thirds majority vote before tax increases can be passed.

 

House Republicans are proposing new rules that would make tax increases harder to pass. 

Now, tax increases need a simple majority to pass but under the GOP's proposal they would need a two-thirds majority to become law, the AP reported. Republicans also want any change to apply to withdrawals from the state's rainy day fund as well.

They also want to bar the house speaker from voting unless there is a tie, claiming that the speaker's vote tends to strongly influence the vote of majority party members. 

The proposals came out just before Gov. Deval Patrick submitted his $34.8 billion budget to the State House. The budget calls for an income tax increase of one percentage point – from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent – coupled with a decrease in the sales tax from 6.25 percent to 4.5 percent. 

Rich P January 28, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Good Idea .. I also feel that we need to add some real energy to the 'reform before revenue' campaign. While I support many of the programs that these taxes are intended to support - I have zero confidence in the government's ability to actually invest our tax dollars efficiently. Seems every week there is another atrocious scandal showing that no one on Beacon hill cares one spec about how tax money is really used. It seems that taxes are so often used to line the pockets of politicians and their families . Look no further that the Chelsea housing creep getting over $350,000 year while the poor families didnt have heat. Maureen Feeney's job just renewed in the dark of night - even the Globe was appalled! The list is endless ....
shirley kressel March 21, 2013 at 11:56 PM
I'm a bleeding heart liberal and I think this tax increase is wrong. The governor knows where the problem is: the Big Dig debt was dumped into the MBTA to hide massive incompetence and corruption in that financing. He also knows he's giving away billions in corporate welfare every year, with no public benefit. We should not raise taxes before we do those reforms. There will always be waste, fraud and abuse, but I'm talking about programmatic changes, systemic changes that we know are bleeding the T and the state.

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