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Candy, butts, soda, water: Gov's latest tax targets
http://bostonherald.com ^ | 01/23/2013 | Chris Cassidy

Posted on 01/23/2013 12:43:09 PM PST by massmike

Candy, soda, tobacco, and bottles of water and sports drinks are all in Gov. Deval Patrick's crosshairs as he announced another $2 billion tax wish list in his $34.8 billion proposed fiscal 2014 budget at the State House this afternoon.

Among the tax highlights:

The cigarette excise tax would be hiked by $1 to $3.51 per pack. Taxes on cigars and smokeless tobacco would also increase. The state would essentially expand the bottle bill to include water bottles and sports drinks on deposits. Candy and soda would no longer be exempt from the state sales tax.

Patrick last week proposed increasing the income tax tying the gas tax to inflation and hiking RMV fees, tolls and MBTA fares as part of a proposed $2 billion in transportation improvements and additional education spending.

Patrick last week unveiled an education plan that he said would cost an additional $550 million in the 2014 fiscal year to pay for universal access to early education from birth through age 5, fully fund K-12 education and allow for extended school days in high-need schools.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: bluestates; devalpatrick; pufflist; sintaxes; taxandspend

1 posted on 01/23/2013 12:43:18 PM PST by massmike
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To: massmike

Tax the productive to pay the teachers’ unions.

What I wonder is why is Deval proposing this now? He’s been in office for a while.

I wonder if he’s trying to be in the Obama-groove. Maybe he figures Obama’s election makes it time—or maybe it’s the other way around—Obama wants a Massachusetts “success” to point to for some of his future country-wide initiatives.


2 posted on 01/23/2013 12:47:10 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: massmike

This creep almost sounds as bad as Mikey Bloom-Turd (FOODNAZI-NY).


3 posted on 01/23/2013 12:54:08 PM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s/15s are the 21st Century's Muskets. Self-Defense is The First Human Right.)
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To: massmike

Perhaps a positive impact of these taxes is they might reduce illicit drugs as organized crime may find if far more profitable bootlegging commodities like cigarettes, cigars, incandescent light bulbs and high flow toilets that the government nanny state says we shouldn’t have.


4 posted on 01/23/2013 1:05:33 PM PST by The Great RJ
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To: massmike

I’m all for an excise tax on butts.

Between Moochelle and Hillary we’d halve the deficit right there.


5 posted on 01/23/2013 1:10:20 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: massmike

Taxing BUTTS! That’s RACIST!............................


6 posted on 01/23/2013 1:16:21 PM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: The Great RJ

David Garofalo and “Mr.”Jonathan Barbeau are laughing their asses off.


7 posted on 01/23/2013 1:16:39 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Please, don't tell Obama what comes after a trillion.)
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To: massmike

Deval Patrick is the anti Sir Mix a Lot.


8 posted on 01/23/2013 1:26:29 PM PST by ConservativeStatement (Obama is the "Disco Duck" president. A no-substance novelty that reached number one.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine
more sugar for the teachers.....

hopefully the surrounding states will wise up and lower prices on all these items....starve the big fat ugly beast..

9 posted on 01/23/2013 1:47:34 PM PST by cherry
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To: massmike

Raise the tax on smokes $10.00 a pack. I haven’t bought smokes in Mass for 3 years. Hello New Hampshire!


10 posted on 01/23/2013 2:48:54 PM PST by HenpeckedCon (What pi$$es me off the most is that POS commie will get a State Funeral!)
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To: massmike

Are the liberal massholes so stupid that they can’t see that this turd is a slimy fascist?

You conservatives stuck behind enemy lines in MA need to get your families out now. If you need recommendations on where to settle in a patriot blue state like South Carolina, drop me an FR email. We are hiring.


11 posted on 01/23/2013 4:22:18 PM PST by sergeantdave (The FBI has declared war on the Marine Corps)
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