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Title: Massachusetts raising sales tax
Post by: Sirreadsalot on April 28, 2009, 08:50:27 am
With Massachusetts about to raise its' sales tax to 6.25% maybe the Free State people could do some activism that shows the contrast between the states. 
Title: Re: Massachusetts raising sales tax
Post by: freedomroad on April 28, 2009, 09:31:15 am
It's strange how NH is increasing the hotel and prepared food tax from 8.25 to 8.75 or a 6% increase.  On the other hand, MA is increasing the state sales tax from 5 to 6.25 or a 25% increase.  The governments of both states are actively trying to destroy their economies but they just seem much better at it in MA.  Lucky for the NH government - it's pretty hard to go online to buy prepared food and stays at hotels. 

Then again, the overwhelming majority of voters in MA actually want increased taxes - so the state legislature is really representing the wishes of their constituents.  In NH, the majority of the voters would like to see lower taxes, so the legislature is out of touch.
Title: Re: Massachusetts raising sales tax
Post by: maxxoccupancy on April 28, 2009, 01:43:35 pm
This is why we need to get money, power, and decision making back down to the local level.  The state involves so much bureaucracy and political payola that everything ends up costing way more and performing so much worse.  I think that it's critical to make sure that we don't end up as just another Massachusetts.
Title: Re: Massachusetts raising sales tax
Post by: lloydbob1 on May 01, 2009, 05:46:39 am
We had an event a few years ago at the Mass/NH border in Nashua on the Daniel Webster. I had never been there before that.  There was nothing on the Mass side.  Kind of a suburban East Germany. On the NH side there was 'retail' as far as the eye could see! All the 'big boxes', all the bookstore chains.  Lots of shopping. The traffic was constant coming in from the Mass side.  You would have thought there was an evacuation. Many of the cars returning to Mass had trunk lids tied down over boxes containing TVs and appliances.
A Video showing that border on a Saturday morning might be helpful.