House GOP Wants to Make Tax Hikes Harder to Pass

Their proposal calls for a two-thirds majority vote before tax increases can be passed.


Massachusetts House Republicans are proposing new rules that would make tax increases harder to pass. 

Now, tax increases need a simple majority to pass but under the GOP's proposal they would need a two-thirds majority to become law, the AP reported. Republicans also want any change to apply to withdrawals from the state's rainy day fund as well.

They also want to bar the house speaker from voting unless there is a tie, claiming that the speaker's vote tends to strongly influence the vote of majority party members. 

The proposals came out just before Gov. Deval Patrick submitted his $34.8 billion budget to the State House. The budget calls for an income tax increase of one percentage point – from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent – coupled with a decrease in the sales tax from 6.25 percent to 4.5 percent. 

Neil January 28, 2013 at 01:35 PM
This a reactionary response from the MA Republican party. Have they learned nothing about how to be constructive? The Mass. GOP, like the national GOP is the party of NO. Our democracy calls for a simple majority -- half plus one -- except in cases like ratifying treaties and impeaching Presidents. What's amazing to me is that the Mass GOP could be so stupid to go this way now after years of record obstruction in the US Senate that's made the Republican party less popular than head lice. (Seriously, that from a recent poll.) Scott Brown was the 41st vote in the US Senate and that gave Mitch McConnell a lock on obstructing all legislation, he said, in order to make Obama a one-term president. Mitch failed, but he also blocked legislation that would put people back to work. Under the governors plan, a median income family of 4 making $60,000 would pay $91 a year more income & sales tax. Income up would be up 1% and sales tax would be down 1.75%. We'd have money to fix the public transit and expand it, fix the highways local roads and bridges, and more money for education.
Neil January 28, 2013 at 01:38 PM
The Mass GOP is not governing. They're playing politics. Fluff.


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