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Massachusetts: It’s no longer called “Tax-achusetts”, New York however, …

February 7, 2011
BEFORE READING THE FOLLOWING, LET US MAKE ONE THING CLEAR. MASSACHUSETTS IS STILL A VERY BLUE STATE, NOW BLUER THAN NY, IS STILL A UNION MACHINE STATE, AND IS STILL SCREWED UP 6 WAYS TO SUNDAY UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF OBAMA CLONE (THATS ON POLICY NOT SKIN COLOR BY THE WAY) DEVAL PATRICK, HOWEVER ON THIS ISSUE THEY HAVE DONE SOMETHING RIGHT AND WE SHOULD TAKE NOTE.
 
New Yorkers for Growth

February 7, 2011

We thought you might be interested in this article that appeared in the Buffalo News yesterday.  It compares New York’s tax burden to that of our neighboring state, Massachusetts. The article highlights how Massachusetts’ property tax cap has been a successful tool in driving down the overall tax burden for residents and small business owners.

Massachusetts, once notoriously known as “Taxachusetts,” implemented a property tax cap in 1980 similar to the one now being proposed by Governor Cuomo and already adopted by the state Senate.  Despite what teacher union critics in New York say, the property tax cap in Massachusetts has worked extraordinarily well. 

As a result of the cap, the attitude toward taxation has changed. Localities have found ways to consolidate and reduce duplication of services. Taxpayers have found themselves with more power, while local governments have been forced to make a case for increased spending.  The days of taxpayers being simply an endless source of financing for ever larger, less efficient government has come to an end.

The article also rebuts critic’s most threatening claim that the quality of education will suffer. Massachusetts scores higher than New York in nearly every fourth and eighth grade reading, math and writing test and ranks number one in the nation in fourth and eighth grade math and reading. While New York spends the most per pupil in the country, our test scores consistently rank 24th or 25th in performance.

The proof is in the pudding. Massachusetts has successfully reduced its tax burden and New York can and must do the same. Of course, the tax cap is just one piece of the puzzle, albeit a critical one. We have a lot of work to do to change our “tax attitude,” including reducing spending and ending unfunded mandates.  New Yorkers for Growth will continue to be a leader in this fight, and we hope you’ll join us in our efforts to make New York affordable again.

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