Question 3: Sales Tax Won’t Be Cut

BOSTON (AP) – Massachusetts voters have rejected a ballot question that would have cut the state sales tax rate by more than half.

Supporters of Question 3, which would have lowered the tax from 6.25 to 3 percent, said the only way to pressure the state to live within its means is to cut taxes – a move they said would also boost the economy and create jobs.

Critics, including all four candidates for governor, said the tax cut would have forced the state to slash $2.5 billion in services, including local aid to cities and towns, at a time when Massachusetts is still climbing out of a recession.

Opponents, including state and national teachers unions, poured more than $4 million into an advertising campaign against the question, overwhelming supporters.

Toby McGrath of “Vote No on 3” spoke with WBZ’s Deb Lawler


Carla Howell of “Vote Yes on 3” chats with WBZ’s Deb Lawler

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. Emmit066 says:

    If the question was to repeal taxes back to 5% I think people would have voted yes without hesitation. 3% was too drastic of a change to really get enough people behind the message. Granted it’s not going to matter much now that Patrick is still the Gov. Looks like more curtains & wall paper for everyone in his office! Hey Gov, can I get a ride in the Cadillac so I can enjoy my tax dollars at work?

  2. Maggy says:

    People do not realize that by cutting taxes, we are cutting the support to educations, safety protection, fire prefention, better quality of life in the state.
    Everything that have been done it is because every tax payer contribut to it. If we look up to others states in the nation we are one of the best, especially in heath care, education, transit movility and help to those in needs. I give thanks to GOD in heaven that baker did not win. it will be the total disaster for the state of Massachusetts. People do not the true behind the seen because they do not educate themselve to do so. To those who support Patrick know what I am talking about. I am happy that our Gov. Patrick win, Congratulation to you Patrick, I know in the bottom of my heart that you will win. No matters what others thinks, you are the right person to represent Massachusetts… A big hug to you and I look forward to work with you to make the State of Massachusetts the best of the Nation USA….

  3. Maggy says:

    People do not realize that by cutting taxes, we are cutting the support to educations, safety protection, fire prevention, better quality of life in the state.
    Everything that have been done it is because every tax payer contribut to it. If we look up to others states in the nation we are one of the best, especially in heath care, education, transit movility and help to those in needs. I give thanks to GOD in heaven that baker did not win. it will be the total disaster for the state of Massachusetts. People do not know the true behind the seen because they do not educate themselve to do so. To those who support Patrick know what I am talking about. I am happy that our Gov. Patrick win, Congratulation to you Patrick, I know in the bottom of my heart that you will win. No matters what others thinks, you are the right person to represent Massachusetts… A big hug to you and I look forward to work with you to make the State of Massachusetts the best of the Nation USA….

    1. guynoir says:

      When the sales tax was raised from 5 to 6.25% the quality of education or life sure didn’t go up any. As a matter of fact when the sales tax was lower than 5% the quality of life and education in the state wasn’t worse either.

  4. Gug says:

    SSDD!!

    What if you don’t write enough they don’t post it anymore!

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