Holly Robichaud Monday, November 26, 2012

The never­ending saga of Taxachusetts is coming to our wallets soon.

Whether or not there is a need for more revenue, the fundamental problem is that Democrats have a delusional view about our money.They believe what we don’t pay in taxes is an expenditure on behalf of the state.

Hence, it is costing Bacon Hill tax dollars because we keep more of our savings and paychecks.

While normal people think a tax expenditure is paying for the plowing of roads or police protection, for Democrats it is the non­collection
of our money.

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue estimates $27 billion in uncollected taxes or loopholes. That’s the amount the state
presently amasses in tax revenue annually, which means a doubling in taxes.

As you may have guessed, their idea of plugging loopholes means new taxes for us. The biggest loophole is the tax exemption on food
and clothing, which, if plugged, would generate $17 billion.

Bacon Hill would never tax food and clothing, right? Unfortunately, there is every reason to believe that it could happen.

Gov. Deval Patrick has floated the idea of a sugar tax, and his administration has been working to increase fees on vending machines by 567 percent.

Once Bacon Hill gets the sugar tax, it is only a matter of time before there is the salt tax. Why exempt potato chips? And then it will move on down the line to all foods.

While normal people think a tax expenditure is paying for the plowing of roads or police protection, for Democrats it is the noncollection of our money.

Bacon Hill feels no sympathy for the taxpayers.

Before the holiday, the governor “revisited” his idea on a mileage tax, as if we don’t already pay enough to drive with gas at $4 per gallon.

Think about this on Cyber Monday. Last week, State Treasurer Steve Grossman sent a letter to Washington, D.C., to encourage allowing states to implement an Internet sales tax.

According to State House News Service, Grossman wrote that our local stores are at a competitive disadvantage. “… it is a matter of fairness and equity to Main Street businesses. Local retailers and other merchants should not have to compete with online sales giants that do not have to collect state and local sales taxes.”

While he writes good spin, this is not a simple fairness issue. It is about taking more of your money.

If the treasurer were truly interested in leveling the playing field, then he would suggest lowering the sales tax across the board to offset the new revenue collected online.

In Massachusetts you’ll never pay enough taxes, because the Democrats believe it is their money first and you are lucky that they let
you keep any.