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June 5, 2014

Anderson: Checking in on Massachusetts: gun controls, welfare and more

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Thanks to them all, the offending language was not included in the final bill, but with Sen. Rosenberg scheduled to become the next Senate president, it could be back someday. He’s also a major supporter of a constitutional amendment for a graduated income tax, so strategy on that issue is quietly being discussed now by various advocates around the commonwealth. Fortunately, constitutional amendments must be approved by voters, who’ve rejected the grad tax five times.

So far this year, the Legislature hasn’t passed anything too awful, not counting the $2 billion dollar increase in the state budget. I’m still waiting for the income tax rate to return to 5 percent, as the voters mandated 14 years ago; it’s presently 5.25 percent.

With inflation allegedly low (which we could argue about, but that would take us back to federal issues, where I’m not going today), Massachusetts could be run with less revenue if it focused on better management. A good manager would insist on EBT reform, oversee the Department of Children and Families, cease subsidizing illegal immigration, modernize treatment of the mentally ill, make the state infrastructure a priority, and stop education and health care in Massachusetts from being controlled by the massively incompetent federal government.

Darn, can’t stop thinking about federal issues. What? Obama released five dangerous Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay? Some crazy people want to impeach him? I need a vacation.

Barbara Anderson of Marblehead is president of Citizens for Limited Taxation and a Salem News columnist.

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