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Graduated income tax wouldn’t fly with voters

In “More hikes in Patrick’s blueprint” (Page A1, Jan. 18), you cited Citizens for Limited Taxation’s reaction to Governor Patrick’s proposed income tax rate increase, and wrote that the group “said it is clear that Patrick is now trying to ‘tax the rich’ disproportionately.”

The reason we say this is that the governor’s budget director, Glen Shor, said, as you paraphrased, that “the goal is to push more tax burden onto higher-income earners and reduce it for those earning less.”

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This goal is a back-door graduated income tax, and we would expect a court challenge to reject it as unconstitutional.

If the governor wants a graduated tax, he and the Legislature should put it on the ballot; voters can then say no again, as they did in 1972, 1976, and 1994.

Barbara Anderson

Executive director

Citizens for Limited



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