Boston Globe Lectures Massachusetts Rubes For Shopping In Tax Free New Hampshire

In this snide editorial, the Boston Globe looks down its nose at the misguided, unenlightened Massachusetts citizens who cross the border to take advantage of tax free shopping.

While it’s not surprising to hear of Massachusetts consumers buying TVs and other big-ticket taxable items in New Hampshire, a Methuen resident told a reporter that she also buys her groceries north of the border. Meanwhile, one South Boston resident said that “I just went up there [to New Hampshire] to buy a pair of running shoes last week because I just wasn’t willing to pay the taxes.’’ But wait a minute. The first $175 of the price of clothing items, including running shoes, is tax-free in Massachusetts. So are grocery items.

WRONG.  Not all grocery items are tax free.  If you can’t eat it, it’s not tax free.  Cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, paper products, soda (deposit), floral items etc. are all taxable.  So that Methuen resident is actually saving a bundle when she buys her groceries in New Hampshire.  And some sneakers do cost more than $175 so perhaps this Southie resident was splurging.  

And don’t you silly rubes know that some New Hampshire towns have higher property taxes than yours? 

Many New Hampshire towns have higher property taxes than their Massachusetts counterparts; others skimp on municipal services. In Massachusetts, the sales tax hike prevented deeper cuts to vital human services and to public schools that are, by many measures, the nation’s best.

I wonder if they were promised lower property taxes by their governor only to see them increase every year since he took office?

Finally, you ungrateful bumpkins should be thankful that there isn’t a tax on food or clothing.

At least Massachusetts has exempted the necessities of life from the sales tax. Political statements aside, there is no financial reason to burn the gasoline and time necessary to buy them elsewhere.

Not only are you misguided, but you are killing the polar bears while shopping tax-free. 

This illustrates perfectly the disconnect between the bow-tie wearing, chardonnay sipping Globe editorial board and those of us who are struggling to make ends meet and find the recent 25% increase in the sales tax so odious or so burdensome that we are willing to drive north to save money – even if it is only a few dollars.  It is lectures such as this that make people more apt to get in the cars and leave Massachusetts retailers in their dust.

10 thoughts on “Boston Globe Lectures Massachusetts Rubes For Shopping In Tax Free New Hampshire

  1. You residents of Mass. who are sane and conservative- by all means continue to shop in New Hampshire. Let the liberals pay the taxes that they so lovingly endorse. What bothers me is when Mass. moonbats move to New Hampshire and take their left wing Cambridge/BeaconHill politics with them.
    In New York City many smart residents drive to New Jersey to clothing shop for the same reasons.

  2. Not attempting to one up but we live close to the MA/CT border and believe it or not gas is at least 20 cents cheaper in MA.Altogether ridiculous that both states are so money hungry.

    • Hi VT,

      There are some cheap stations near my home, but you can’t beat the prices in Seabrook, NH which is just over 5 miles from my office. And Wally World, Market Basket, Home Depot, Kohls, CVS, etc etc.


  3. Liquor is cheaper for us in MA., then in CT. It would take up what we save on liquor to pay for the gas.

    Another old point, CSP (CT. ST. Police) use to sit in parking lots in RI, and MA. liquor stores, check license plates of Ct. customer’s, follow them back across the St. line, stop them and seize the liquor, if it was over the limit a person could purchase. Christmas time was the busiest time. This went on for a while, until the limit was raised.

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