On the other hand, the News and our legislative leadership seem to scarcely recognize the need side of the tax question, but rather tend to exaggerate the hardship that would result from a tax increase. Estimates are that the governor’s plan would be unlikely to cause real hardship to anyone and would cost the average taxpayer about as much as a cup of coffee per day. For benefit received, I would count that a real bargain. And the assertion that it would impede our economic recovery seems to assume that tax money is lost to the economy, which it is not. In this case, it would go mainly toward more jobs and purchases for fixing our transportation and improving our schools and colleges, thus providing some economic stimulation.
I urge the News and the Legislature to focus on the vital needs of the state and to support ways to address those needs. The statement of Senate President Therese Murray that it is too much to plan for 10 years ahead is absurd. Such a view represents the old pattern of delaying a solution for the future while the problems accumulate and impair our progress until a leader comes along with the necessary courage and leadership to move the state ahead. We can do better than that.