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.

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 Governor 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. 

Arthur Christopher Schaper January 26, 2013 at 06:34 AM
Brilliant! Way to go Mass GOP!
dave banda January 26, 2013 at 01:58 PM
we demoscrats need you to pay more taxes to pay for our currupt government, layabout city, state and town governmets, overpaid govenrment workers, currupt polititions, read the paper folks , everyday in massachussetts there is another democrat scandel, and its always over your money,we are fools, all these people laugh in your face everyday you go to work at your private job///they dont care as Devo say's
Arthur Christopher Schaper January 26, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Dave: Whether you are writing sarcasm or certainty, you are right on about the Democrats on Beacon Hill. The Massachusetts Bay Puritans (for all their problems) certainly did not want their "City on the Hill" to be a beacon of corruption or government waste.


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