Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The third ballot question proposes that the sales tax be reduced from 6.25 percent to 3 percent.
The Nov. 2 ballot includes three questions. The third question is about the state sales tax. A yes vote would bring the sales tax down to 3 percent from 6.25 percent. A no vote would leave sales tax at the 6.25 percent level. The Alliance To Roll Back Taxes claims that lowering the tax rate will create jobs by moving money out of state government. Proponents also claim that the 2009 increase from 5 percent to 6.25 percent has moved sales out of the state and caused some businesses to close. Opponents of the measure claim that the reduction in tax money would have a drastic impact on state services including schools, roads and health care. The Vote No on Question 3 Campaign calculates that Boston would lose over $48 million in state funds.
Ballot Question 2 proposes repealing Chapter 40B, about affordable housing.
The Nov 2. ballot has three questions on it, the second of which proposes repealing Chapter 40B, which deals with affordable housing. According to the law, if at least 20 percent of the units in a building are set aside for "affordable" housing, the building conforms to the law and the developer can bypass some local zoning laws. A yes vote will repeal the issuance of permits under 40B. A no vote will make no change. A group of yes vote supporters feel that, because up to 75 percent of a building's units can be market-rate, this law does not really create affordable housing. Because 40B allows developers to bypass zoning boards, it can be used by aggressive developers to push projects which would otherwise not be approved. Because a no …
The first ballot question deals with the sales tax on alcoholic beverages.
The Nov. 2 ballot has three questions, and the first question proposes removing the sales tax on alcoholic beverages. A yes vote will remove the sales tax on alcoholic beverages, while a no vote will make no change to the tax. Prior to last year, there was no sales tax on liquors. Proponents of the question claim that the sales tax represents a "double" tax, as alcohol is already subject to excise tax. Ads claim that 25 percent of New Hampshire alcohol sales, where there is no sales tax, were to Massachusetts residents last year. Opponents to the question feel that, because alcohol is not a necessity, it does not deserve special treatment. According to The Committee Against Repeal of Alcohol Tax, the money earned from this sales tax goes …