Tax ‘burden’? Consider a different word

In featuring a heading over a chart outlining Governor Patrick’s revenue proposal with the words “Average Tax Burden by Income Level,” you sent the message that taxes are bad (“Patrick would hike one tax, cut another,” Page A1, Jan. 17). Who in their right mind would be in favor of a burden? Mentioning taxes and burden in the same phrase just serves to reinforce stereotypes that taxes are to be avoided.

Governor Patrick outlined how increased revenues would pay for public services that we depend on. Please don’t undermine his plan by referring to taxes as a burden.

Miriam Stein


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