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Carla Howell debates Question 3 (Sales Tax Rollback) with Broadside host Jim Braude

Jim Braude is a sharp guy who is used to political interviews and debates. Its not often that you see him getting schooled that way he is in this interview with Carla Howell over Ballot Question 3.

Question 3 would lower the state sales tax from 6.25% to 3% starting in 2011. Recent polls show the majority supports passing question 3 buy a small margin:

  • Suffolk University Poll, Sept. 16-19: Yes: 51%, No: 42%
  • UNH/Boston Globe Poll, Sept. 17-22: Yes: 46%, No: 43%

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Ballot Questions Chapter 40b Tax Cuts

Ballot Questions for 2010 Massachusetts State Election: Arguments For and Against

There are three questions on the Massachusetts 2010 Election ballot.  They are:

Question 1: Repeal the sales tax on alcoholic beverages

Question 2: Repeal chapter 40b

Question 3: Cut the sales tax from 6.25% to 3%

If any of these questions passed the legislature would be required to pass these questions into law. For each question we list the exact text of the ballot initiative, an issue summary, and the arguments of those for and against the question, as well as the issue groups supporting or opposing each question.

Like most ballot initiatives, the sides for and against will try to make their organizations look like grass roots popular movements. But they are often funded by powerful industry lobbies that have an interest in the outcome. We will detail those connections as well.

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Ballot Questions Casinos and Slots Tax Cuts

Question 3 and Casinos – A missing link

It’s surprising the “Rollback the sales tax” crowd hasn’t hit on an important point in favor of their ballot question, Question 3.

According to a recent report Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville CT will begin laying off employees. This is due to a decline in business caused by the recession. Massachusetts on the other hand wants to build three casinos.

Where the Question 3 people are missing the boat is they should turn this negative into a positive. Besides the fact the casino industry is not doing well, which in itself is reason to not pass casino legislation, there are other reasons as well, which tie in nicely with the reasons to pass Question 3.

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