Paul Giorgio: Mr. Baker, MA Doesn’t Want a Liar for Governor
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Misrepresenting the facts
This clearly is Baker’s opening salvo in what will turn out to be a very interesting campaign this fall. However, once again, Baker has lived up to his reputation of playing loose with the facts. Baker quotes the “nonpartisan Tax Foundation as the source for the fact that Massachusetts residents pay 10.3 percent of their income in taxes. What Baker is doing and he does tell us this, is that this is a combination of state and local taxes. Now local taxes include property taxes and the excise tax on your car. The Governor does not set the local real estate tax rate, city councils, selectmen and town meetings do.
State taxes on the other hand include a myriad of charges beside the state income tax. For example Charlie, does this include the Baker Big Dig tax?
Baker, as Secretary of Administration & Finance in the Weld/ Cellucci Administration, conceived the financing plan for Boston’s Big Dig. The taxpayers of the state are still trying to dig out from that boondoggle.
Baker centers the debate on Beacon Hill about taxes saying, “The debate wasn’t about whether to raise taxes, it was about how big to make the increase.” Well Charlie, if we don’t raise taxes we need to cut expenses which means cutting services. So please tell the voters what services you will cut. Will you cut education money? Will you cut public safety funding? Tell us please we deserve to know.
You also say that local aid has been cut a total of $400 million since 2009, or about $80 million a year.
I fear that under the Baker plan, local aid will suffer even more.
In an article titled “Taxachusetts is a Misnomer, at Least for Now,” Boston Globe columnist Tom Keane claimed that the state was not taxing at a high rate. Keane cited the website WalletHub.com, claiming that the Bay State ranked 21st with an average tax burden of $6,884. South Carolina, Georgia and our neighbor to the North New Hampshire all with higher tax burdens fared worse than us.
Bait and switch
Charlie, what the voters of Massachusetts need and deserve is an honest and fair debate about the future of our state. In spite of the Bush Great Recession, our state has fared better than most. We came out of the recession quicker and stronger than other states.
Deval Patrick has shown us his vision for the past eight years. It is time you told us yours.
I am reminded of Harry Truman’s quote, “Any Jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a carpenter to build one.
When you were Secretary of Administration & Finance under the Weld/Cellucci Administration, was it you who came up with the election year ploy to tear down the Mass Pike toll booths in Western Massachusetts, only to put them back up after the election?
Was your op-ed piece in the Telegram & Gazette another bait and switch?
I am reminded of the Starfish Tuna ads featuring Charlie the Tuna: Charlie, people want a tuna that tastes good not one with good taste.
Mr. Baker, Massachusetts voters want a Governor who tells the truth, not one who makes up the truth.
Paul Giorgio is a longtime Democratic Party Activist who has worked on numerous campaigns. He was a Lead Advance Person for President Clinton & Vice President Gore. He was Deputy Director of Special Events for President Clinton’s first Inauguration. He has been elected a delegate to numerous Democratic National Conventions and recently served as one of President Obama’s representatives on the Platform Committee. In 2013 he was chosen as a Presidential Elector. He is the President of Pagio, Inc., publishers of Pulse Magazine, Vitality Magazine and Worcester Medicine.
Related Slideshow: New England States With the Most State Debt
In their 4th annual State Debt Study, State Budget Solutions has revealed that state governments face a combined $5.1 trillion in debt.
See how the New England states fared in the slides below:
- Paul Giorgio: Ed Augustus Has the Leadership Qualities We Need
- Paul Giorgio: JFK’s Assassination Through The Eyes of a Child
- Paul Giorgio: Romney Re-Emerges
- Paul Giorgio: The Handshake Heard Around the World
- Paul Giorgio: Will Bridgegate Cost Christie the GOP Nod in 2016?
- Paul Giorgio: Elizabeth Warren is Right on Student Loans
- Paul Giorgio: Making Worcester the Healthiest City in New England
- Paul Giorgio: Scott Brown is Sarah Palin in a Suit
- Paul Giorgio: The Real EBT Scammers Are the Vendors, Not the Poor
- Paul Giorgio: World Cop or World Conscience In Syria?
- Paul Giorgio: Food Trucks Don’t Save Cities
- Paul Giorgio: Massachusetts Needs To Reform Its Gun Laws
- Paul Giorgio: Scott Brown: Desperately Seeking Relevance
- Paul Giorgio: The State of Disunity
- Paul Giorgio: For Scott Brown, it’s Strike Three
- Paul Giorgio: Obamacare, The Debt Ceiling + Tea Party Republicans
- Paul Giorgio: Scott Brown: To Be or Not to Be
- Paul Giorgio: We Have Too Many Not-for-Profits
- Paul Giorgio: Free Speech vs. Crazy Talk
- Paul Giorgio: Raise the Min. Wage, But Leave Restaurants Out of It
- Paul Giorgio: Should Worcester Look at Electing a Strong Mayor?
- Paul Giorgio: What I Learned From The Government Shutdown
- Paul Giorgio: GOP’s Rising Stars Need New Ideas
- Paul Giorgio: Republicans Hit A New Low
- Paul Giorgio: Syria Redux
- Paul Giorgio: What Is at the Core of the Common Core Dispute?
- Paul Giorgio: Another Attack on Healthcare
- Paul Giorgio: I Don’t Give a Duck!
- Paul Giorgio: Republicans Need To End Discrimination In Workforce
- Paul Giorgio: Tea Party Turning US Into A Banana Republic
- Paul Giorgio: What’s Going on with Charlie Baker and the Mass GOP?
- Paul Giorgio: Augustus is Out, Put a Mayor In
- Paul Giorgio: Is There Really a War on Christmas?
- Paul Giorgio: Roger Ailes, A Bully with a Bully Pulpit
- Paul Giorgio: The Biggest Political Winners and Losers in 2013
- Paul Giorgio: Why Ed Augustus Would Be a Great City Manager