My Photo

WBZ-TV Network


Blog powered by Typepad
Member since 02/2005

« Discussion with Deval Patrick | Main | Massachusetts Legislature Overrides More Romney Budget Vetoes »

July 20, 2005


Patrick Hart

I think Patrick's mention of the property tax brings up an issue which should be (and will be) very important in the upcoming election. For far too long, communities in Massachusetts have had to deal with unproductive and divisive fights between young people and seniors. It should not be that way -- students and seniors should not have to be enemies; they are forced into an uncomfortable position, though, by our property tax system, which we rely on far too much to fund schools. I believe that we have to look at allowing localities to enact local income taxes to take the burden off their seniors, as well as shifting more school funding to the state level. I am glad Deval Patrick has addressed this issue and I hope to hear it addressed more as the campaign goes on.


After living in NH most of my life, I find it amusing that you all find MASSACHUSETTS communities rely too much on property taxes! I guess it's true, all politics is local, and it's all relative...(for those who are confused, NH is notoriously dependent on property taxes - so much so, that some rural towns sued because they couldn't give their kids a good education due to lack of commercial property - NH would be the state without a state income or sales tax, you might recall).

That said, I agree! Property taxes should be like frosting - used to sweeten already-adequately-funded programs, where the base money comes from a non-regressive source.

Of course, this is America, where regression is king. Just hop north of the eastern MA line and you'll see what I mean!


I agree with the comments above. The problem with the leadership is that they aren't doing their job. It seems that Patrick has a track record of doing his job well, and bringing people along for the good of all. I'd be happy to see him bind the wounds that local communities are forced to cause themselves because the state does nothing to intervene.


Interesting, you know, because Warren Buffet criticized California for being too reliant on income taxes which are notoriously volatile. It seems like there ought to be a happy mix.

The comments to this entry are closed.

MSNBC Politics Network

Policies and Disclaimers

  • The Eisenthal Report (TER) is an online journal of opinion, but it seeks to be as accurate as possible in its use of facts. TER will correct any errors of fact as soon as possible. Please notify David Eisenthal at the e-mail address of any errors of fact. TER does not use material copyrighted by others beyond "fair use," but please notify David Eisenthal at the e-mail address above if you believe any copyrighted material has been used improperly. Such improperly used material will be removed promptly. The opinions expressed in TER are those of David Eisenthal unless specified otherwise. These do not necessarily reflect the views of any organization with which David Eisenthal is affiliated. TER is not responsible for the content of comments left on this blog - other than those made by David Eisenthal. TER weeds out comments that are spam, obscene, or racist.



  • Massachusetts

December 2008

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31      



Blog Catalog

Blog Flux

  • Blog Directory