Eagle Tribune – On Feb. 25, wire services released a report that a committee known as the Tax Fairness Commission appointed by the Massachusetts Legislature was expected to recommend a graduated tax to levy an increasing burden on high-wage earners and supposedly a lesser burden on low-wage earners. The recommendation will be delivered through a constitutional amendment aimed at replacing the the state’s current flat income tax of 5.2 percent.
The commission will also recommend increases in certain exemptions and tax credits to provide income tax relief on low-income individuals.
“Were looking at fairness,” said state Sen. Michael Rodrigues, a Westport Democrat and co-chairman of the 15-member panel created by an amendment to the transportation bill of last July. “The question is, is it fair that the poorest pay a higher percentage of their income to taxes than do the richest? We tried to address that in a specific, but not too specific, way.”
The problem with this ruse is that it has been tried before. The taxpayers of Massachusetts are protected by the state constitution that mandates level taxation across all income levels. But progressive Democrats have assaulted this provision with ballot initiatives for decades. The last one was soundly defeated by voters in 1994.