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Tax hikes aren’t always toxic; government inertia is worse

It’s 1990 again at the State House, at least in the minds of many legislators. That was when the beleaguered outgoing Democratic Governor Michael Dukakis, proclaiming

“taxes are like medicine,” signed a package of expansions of the income, gas, and sales taxes. As legend has it, that tax hike so enraged the public that 16 years of Republican governance followed.

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