They don’t call the Bay State “Taxachusetts” for nothing. Obama’s pal, Deval Patrick, has done more than his share to keep it that way.
BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick has approved a new state budget that hikes the Massachusetts sales tax by 25 percent, largely preserves education spending, and makes deep cuts to other state services.
The increase in the sales tax allowed the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority earlier today to vote to avoid a planned toll hike scheduled to take effect July 1, relying instead on $100 million from the tax increase.
In signing the $27 billion budget, Patrick issued $147 million in line-item vetoe
At the same time, he submitted a separate $269 million supplemental budget to fund other initiatives, including $70 million for health care for 30,000 legal immigrants.
I have a suggestion. Lets take the $32 million dollars slotted to help preserve the legacy of the Kennedys and use that towards health care for immigrants. It would combine two of Ted Kennedy’s pet causes after all. Surely, he would rather have that money spent on the downtrodden instead of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, right?
Oh and that sound you hear in the distance is the ringing of cash registers in tax-free New Hampshire.