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ZLOTNICK yet ANOTHER LIAR:
Ran ads in 2012 PROMISING not to support ANY TAX INCREASE, but votes for a WHOPPING $500+ MILLION TAX INCREASE PACKAGE just months after getting elected.
“I can’t begin to tell you how many e-mails we received today SPECIFICALLY nominating ZLOTNIK to the Hall of Shame. No leadership, just another follower. Lied to the voters….Just another sweet baby-faced Democrat doing what the establishment ‘HACKS” tell him to do….” Yup, we’re hearing it all. Reminds us of some previous hacks: say one thing, do another. Appears every opportunity, if given a choice he’ll vote with leadership, increase taxes, and smile about it. Sad. Very sad. We had hoped for so much more. – V.C.V. Editor
FROM THE STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE:
[Rep. Jonathan Zlotnik, D-Gardner], a freshman Democrat from the traditionally moderate north central region of the state, did not return a call seeking comment, but in 2012 ran ads promising not to support “any tax increase.” His opponent in that race, former Rep. Richard Bastien, said he was “disappointed” that it only took eight months for Zlotnik to vote in favor of a major tax bill.
SEE BELOW FOR ARTICLE BY:CHIP FORD, CITIZENS FOR LIMITED TAXATION (CLT):
Another tax hike just because they could
Beacon Hill legislators have once again picked the pockets of taxpayers. And this time, they’ve made the pilfering permanent….
Hard-pressed taxpayers need look no further than the Democratic Party to find the source of their added misery. In the House, where the override passed 123-33, just three Democrats joined all 30 Republicans in voting to sustain the veto. In the Senate, the vote was 35-5 with just two Democrats voting in opposition….
The gas tax hike is particularly egregious. The tax on gasoline in Massachusetts will increase from 21 cents per gallon to 24 cents per gallon at a time when gas prices already are on the rise. Legislators have long complained that increasing fuel efficiency has cut into gas-tax revenues. Indexing future increases to inflation therefore accomplishes two goals: It punishes drivers for daring to try to save money by driving tiny, fuel-sipping econoboxes and it frees cowardly legislators from having to stand up and be counted to raise the gas tax again….
House Minority Leader Jones argued that the tax hike was not necessary as state tax collections for the last fiscal year exceeded estimates by more than $600 million. His argument fell on deaf ears.
Legislators could have had their transportation funds and lived within the state’s means, just as individual families must do. Instead, they chose to conduct another raid on the wallets of the state’s unfortunate residents.
Perhaps some day, voters will understand the need to maintain a balance among the two parties on Beacon Hill. Until then, they can expect the Democratic-dominated Legislature to pick their pockets with impunity.
An Eagle-Tribune editorial
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Legislature picks taxpayers’ pockets again
In the CLT Update of Dec. 7, 2012 (“Abuses of power and scandalous results“) I itemized some of the hundreds of millions of recently-exposed wasted taxpayer money. I noted in closing: “It won’t be long before we taxpayers will be expected to pay even more for the costs of Bacon
Hill’s misfeasance, malfeasance, and unmitigated corruption.” Eliminating that waste alone would have made unnecessary the $500 million tax hike the Legislature just imposed upon us.
On top of that, on July 17 in its monthly report for June (and the close of Fiscal Year 2013), the state Department of Revenue noted: “The fiscal year ended with $22.123 billion in revenue collections, $1.009 billion or 4.8 percent more than a year ago and $627 million over the FY13 benchmark.”
The Commonwealth took in over $1 Billion more revenue in FY2013 than it did the year before. It took in $627 Million more than was expected.
Still this was not enough. The Democrats in the Legislature demanded another $500-$800 Million more, more, more from us.
“$500-$800 Million” is the vague number now being circulated, because nobody really knows how much to expect — another case of “We have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it”!
Regardless, as we know only too well: “More Is Never Enough, (MINE)” and never will be. Not with Bacon Hill’s continued misfeasance, malfeasance, and unmitigated corruption.
Already a new EBT Card scandal is breaking the surface, coming to light: Welfare takers using taxpayer-funded benefits to provide their own foreign aid at a profit . . .
The Eagle-Tribune succinctly summed up the taxpayers’ predicament:
“Perhaps someday, voters will understand the need to maintain a balance among the two parties on Beacon Hill. Until then, they can expect the Democratic-dominated Legislature to pick their pockets with impunity.”
I would add, “with impunity,” and regularity.
We will remember — and we will remind voters come the next elections.