GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

August 21, 2013

Letter: Reconsidering 'appalling' tax hikes


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — To the editor:

Isn’t it appalling to learn that our legislators have gifted us with yet another tax increase?

This time, “only” a half-billion? And, oh, yes, how wonderful — a 25-cent per gallon gasoline tax increase, too.

That’s just what working people need – those of us who may have to actually drive to our jobs, buy groceries, go to the doctor, pick up the kids at school, or run any sort of business that needs or provides deliveries.

It’s stupefying. Is Beacon Hill a place with no connection at all to the rest of our commonwealth? Have those making our laws no feeling for people’s real experience of job loss, food/medical/education price increases, and grave doubts about our economic future, especially as we get older? Do these lawmakers, at least in economic matters, really represent us?

Well, they may deserve their privileged detachment up there. How else can they ponder these taxes that we common folk need – for our own good – when we who actually work for a living are too ignorant or selfish to provide “essential” funds for them, our impartial public servants?

Here, in Gloucester, I appeal to Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante to reconsider her recent vote of tax-increase approval, and speak up for a tax repeal.

She once boasted of having “almost” earned a Ph.D. in economics, along with her law degree. Would it not be refreshing, and enhance her credibility with us, her constituents, to for once show a commendable streak of independence in her voting record?

And, to remind us and her colleagues that basic laws of economics are not political trifles, to be ignored – not when so many of her constituents are facing economic hardship and doubt.

I urge Beacon Hill to repeal this destructive tax increase. Even better, replace it with tax incentives for new businesses, especially small businesses, mid-sized businesses, harborside businesses, the real engines of new employment and badly needed economic recovery here on Cape Ann.

Tourist season is winding down; it may be a long, cold winter for us – or a new season of hope.

MICHAEL DAVID RUBIN

Warner Street, Gloucester