MA Unions, Liberal Activists Push New Payroll Tax On “The Rich,” a.k.a. “YOU.”


Because living in Massachusetts just doesn’t cost you enough:

BOSTON — A coalition of groups [unions and advocates for the state’s seniors, students and disabled transit riders] is recommending a small payroll tax be approved to help pay for chronically underfunded public transit services in Massachusetts.

A report to be discussed with lawmakers at the Statehouse on Tuesday also calls for a more equitable fare structure that would give breaks to low-income riders. The report was prepared by Public Transit-Public Good, a coalition that includes community organizations and labor unions.

The groups suggest a 0.75 payroll tax on workers earning more than $100,000, with the revenue dedicated to paying off debt from the Big Dig and helping fund the MBTA and other regional transit systems.

The Legislature is expected to consider possible new sources of revenue to finance the state’s transportation system when it begins the next two-year in January.

The rich now means “workers earning more than $100,000.”  Whether you ever ride the T or drive through the Big Dig—it doesn’t matter. The plan is for you to pay.

Hey, you’ve got plenty of money! Why, living in Massachusetts on $100,000—particularly for a young, recent college grad with student loans and a new mortgage—means living like a king!

So get ready to pay up, Richie Rich—There’s an MBTA union hack who needs your money!

Michael Graham
Radio talk show host, columnist for the Boston Herald, stand-up comic and former GOP political consultant. Learn more about Michael here.

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