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Christy Mihos on Tax Reform

 


Get money out of Beacon Hill and back to cities & towns

Q: You talk about rolling back the state income tax, you also talk about putting a tax on local property taxes. How can you do both?

MIHOS: Well it's not local property taxes, it's local property assessments for residences and businesses. Look, under the Republican's administration, they've been in charge for 16 years, the Democrats have been in power forever. Massachusetts has become unaffordable. We have to do it, we have to get the money back out of Beacon Hill, back to the cities and towns and it can be done. We've run billion plus dollar surpluses in revenue over the last three years. This money is sitting up there on Beacon Hill. They're giving it to the Turnpike Authority, $31 million to start the Rose Kennedy Greenway up again with your money, they're giving it to the Red Sox and their corporate neighbors to upgrade the infrastructure up around Fenway Park. That's your money, that's money that should be going back to the cities and towns, not to the special interests.

Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial debate on Fox News with Chris Wallace Sep 25, 2006

Roll back taxes but restore local aid

Q: What about rolling back the state income tax from 5.3% to 5%?

MIHOS: I'm for it. The people voted overwhelmingly for it. I'll work the legislature to get it done over time, certainly. Statutorily it's being done as we sit here, but this administration has taken local aid away from this cities and towns. They're starving. They've taken well over $2 billion in local aid away from the cities and towns so the property taxes have gone up.

Source: 2006 MA Gubernatorial debate on Fox News with Chris Wallace Sep 25, 2006

Cap property tax; increase local aid