There Is Such a Thing As a Bad Question.

Here I go getting into politics again, but I fell I must.  If you live in Massachusetts right now the biggest issue in politics is not the Wall Street meltdown or even the Presidential election but question 1.  For those who aren’t aware this is a binding ballot initiative that will remove the state income tax, cutting about 40% out of the budget and leaving the entire state crippled.

Now proponents of the bill are convinced that there is that much squandered spending in the current budget and that all that will change is that the state will simply become more fiscally responsible as a result.  The truth of the matter is quite different though.  The way things breakdown each city and town will lose 65% of their state aid in addition to massive cuts to their school budgets.

Needless to say this is a terrifying prospect, so if you live in Mass please support the vote no on question 1 campaign and make your self heared on election day.

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3 Comments on “There Is Such a Thing As a Bad Question.”

  1. Dan Says:

    “Now proponents of the bill are convinced that there is that much squandered spending in the current budget and that all that will change is that the state will simply become more fiscally responsible as a result. ”

    Bwa ha ha ha. Plus it’ll be delicious, because our state goverment runs on candy canes and rainbows!

  2. ncitizen Says:

    More scare tactics. No official statement has been made by the legislature that states where if any cuts will be made. It would make life easier for both side if they did then we could argue the merits of the cut. Next time you here that the sky id falling ask the person who said it to document the statement. This includes the newspapers and visual press. Otherwise this is an exercise in media manipulation that you are repeating.

  3. geekylibrarian Says:

    ncitizen: I’ll agree with you that we do not have exact figures to play with, but that’s as far as I’ll go. This proposal cannot be anything other than disastrous for the state. Where I live out in the Berkshires we’ve already had trouble being able to afford some of the necessities of Government, like keeping the roads in working order. Almost any cuts will be bad, and a cut that drastic will be nothing short of giving the state a frontal lobotomy.


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