Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I Know This Will Surprise You...

Senate budget includes $430M in new taxes
The state Senate introduced its $33.92 billion budget today, striking a middle ground in some cases between competing plans put out by Gov. Deval Patrick and the House but aiming short of some of the governor’s other lofty goals.
The plan calls for a $1.4 billion increase in spending, or a 4.4 percent hike — roughly $904 million lower than what Patrick recommended and $67.5 million lower than the House.
A 4.4% INCREASE in spending. And that's the more fiscally conservative number - Patrick's recommendation was roughly a 7.5% increase. And, this being Taxachusetts, they're going to fund this largesse by - you guessed it - taking more money away from the people that work for a living. Because nothing says "financial responsibility" like spending money you don't have and backing it up with promissary notes you can't support...

And meanwhile, as a parting shot, the few meager reforms specific to the rampant abuse of EBT cards were quietly eliminated from the budget. Yes, even in the wake of the Boston marathon bombers having taken thousands of dollars from MA public asssistance despite being ineligible, even the smallest of reforms is simply too much for the state of Massachusetts to undertake. Now, why is it when the NRA opposes unconstitutional measures that will not address the problem they were drafted to counter they're branded as "extremists", yet when the MA Governor ignores his own party's call for welfare reform, you can't hear the outrage over the crickets?

Like I said in my last post, don't answer that, it's rhetorical at this point...

That is all.

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