Monday, February 15, 2010

Mass Gov Candidates dance around sales tax reduction

This article fails to mention the real taxpayer heroes, Carla Howell and Michael Cloud of the Center for Small Government, who got the sales tax reduction on the ballot. CONGRATS to Carla and Michael.

BOSTON—When Massachusetts residents cast their ballots for governor in November they'll likely face another decision in the voting booth -- whether to lower the state sale tax rate from 6.25 percent to 3 percent.

It's a question that's making those running for the state's top political office nervous.

Of the six declared candidates, only one -- Republican convenience store magnate Christy Mihos -- has endorsed the question.

The other five say they favor lowering the sales tax, just not all the way to 3 percent.

They say they'd be more comfortable returning the rate to 5 percent, where it had been for decades before lawmakers increased it last year to help cope with the state's ongoing fiscal crisis.