Wed column ping
Still not buyin sales tax boondoggle
By Howie Carr | Wednesday, February 4, 2009 | http://www.bostonherald.com
Welcome to Taxachusetts. Open under new - er, make that old, very old - management.
Last fall the hacks spent millions in public-sector union dues warning us that if we voted to abolish the state income tax, they would have to raise all the other taxes. Well, at least 30 percent of us voted to abolish the income tax, and guess what - the hacks were telling the truth for once.
All our taxes are going up, at least if tax-crazed Gov. Deval Patrick gets his way.
Now they want New Hampshire to collect sales taxes on Massachusetts shoppers. I know, this court case started under Mitt Romney, but nobody ever said he was perfect on the tax/fee/toll issue. Just ask gun owners.
But this new attempt to collect state taxes out of state could have some unintended consequences. For example, New York state has a sales tax of between 7 and 9.5 percent. Surely at least a few New Yorkers must be hoofing it into Berkshire County to take advantage of our 5 percent sales tax. How long until Gov. Paterson unleashes the New York tax cops on his runaway taxpayers?
Heres another hypothetical. Suppose I have a rental property in, say, Lincoln, N.H., and I decide to restock it for my next batch of ski tenants with paper towels, paper plates, etc. When I go into the supermarket in Boston and buy five rolls of paper towels, can I separate out the three rolls that are going to Loon Mountain so that I dont have to pay Massachusetts sales tax on them?
And if I go to Florida on vacation, will I still have to pay the Massachusetts meal tax? What if I buy dinner in Juno Beach for some friends from New Hampshire - will their part of the bill go untaxed, by Massachusetts, in Florida?
I know, Massachusetts needs the money, for basic human services. Like Devals neighbor in Milton with the newly created $120,000-a-year state job.
At this point in the tax debate, the moonbats always quote Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.: Taxes are the price we pay for civilization.
Yes, but we dont live in civilization, we live in Taxachusetts.
Then theres Devals proposed new deposit on bottled water and sports drinks. For decades, the hacks have lectured everyone that soft drinks - sugar or diet - are hazardous to your health. Over the years people slowly cut back, and suddenly the state realized its cut of the unclaimed soft-drink bottle deposits was dropping.
Simple solution: extend the deposit to the bottled water (and sports drinks) that everyone was switching to, at the behest of the states health Nazis. They barely even talk about cleaning up litter. The payroll patriots only care how much theyll grab out of their new tax: $20 million.
Hey, Deval, one last question: When is that property tax relief you promised us kicking in?
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Do you see where Deval is heading to the West Coast to try to talk some poor benighted businesses to head for MA, now that he and the legislature have actual MA businesses on life support? I guess he thought if he searched far enough away, no one there would know about MA's "business climate."
And have you heard the ads on radio about how great MA is for business? I couldn't believe any actual business would take part in them, so I started to listen more closely: Not one of them mentions any real, specific actual benefit conferred by MA on their businesses. No, what they talk about is what their business does, what services/products they offer and what they do for their customers. Then they add, out of nowhere, the "little white lie" (or The Big Lie, if you prefer) that MA is vaguely, in some unspecified way, good for business.
So they get a "free" radio spot (what do they go for nowadays?) in exchange for throwing a little incense before Caesar. Cheap at the price, I guess . . .