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Lawmakers are looking at their own ‘millionaire’s tax,’ but it’s going to take a while

Jun 22 2018

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

“The income surtax petition has raised legal, fiscal and economic concerns for the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation,” said Eileen McAnneny, the group’s president. While the high court’s ruling addressed the legal concerns, she said, “the fiscal and economic ones remain as does our apprehension of embedding a tax in the constitution. Given that our infrastructure continues to deteriorate, waiting another 4 years to have the legislature amend the constitution as Senator Lewis proposes is not the best path forward.” Instead, she said, the difficult conversations about how to comprehensively address the needs of the state in a way that helps rather than hinders the economy should begin right now.
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Editorial: Taxing online retailers helps Mass. coffers

Jun 22 2018

The Boston Globe

Those governments are now expected to swiftly start forcing online vendors to collect taxes. The Department of Revenue downplayed Thursday the potential impact on state revenues, but Eileen McAnneny, the president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the additional tax collections now could reach “potentially in the hundreds of millions.”
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Massachusetts High Court Strikes Down Millionaire’s Tax

Jun 19 2018

By Aaron Nicodemus, BNA / Bloomberg

‘Logrolling’ Argument: Representatives for the business groups—Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts High Technology Council, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, and the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership—had argued that the amendment paired an unpopular provision (the graduated income tax) with two popular ones (funding for education and transportation), a practice known as logrolling.
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With millionaires tax off the ballot, how else do we pay for transportation and education?

Jun 19 2018

By Shirley Leung, The Boston Globe

“We are not opposed to all taxes,” added Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and whose group was a plaintiff in the SJC case. “In fact, we have supported new revenue for transportation and we will likely do so again.” But if Beacon Hill is going to raise taxes, McAnneny said lawmakers have got to build voter support and show why more money is necessary. “It’s never an easy task,” said McAnneny. “You have to lay the ground work.”
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Supreme Judicial Court turns down surtax on annual household incomes over $1M

Jun 19 2018

By Jennifer Zarate, WWLP

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation was one of five plaintiffs that challenged the ballot initiative, finding it "unconstitutional." President of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Eileen McAnneny, told 22News, "It went far beyond the policy question of whether we should raise taxes on a subset of taxpayers. We opposed that for a number of reasons, but this question was not about that."
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Proposed 'Millionaire Tax' Struck Down By Massachusetts High Court

Jun 18 2018

By Steve Brown, New England Public Radio

Attorney General Maura Healey ruled last year that the proposed amendment to the state’s constitution was legal, and qualified for the ballot, but opponents including executives from Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the Massachusetts High Technology Council and others disagreed. They took the AG to court to challenge the constitutionality of the amendment.
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SJC knocks millionaires tax off November ballot

Jun 18 2018

By Michael Jonas, CommonWealth Magazine

he Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, one of five plaintiffs challenging the ballot question, hailed the ruling. “Today is a great day for all Massachusetts taxpayers because the court has upheld the time-honored constitutional principle that limits the initiative process,” Eileen McAnneny, the group’s president, said in a statement. “By rejecting the notion that a small special interest group can usurp legislative power by including unrelated tax and spending provisions in the same ballot initiative, the court has preserved the state’s ability to make deliberative and fiscally sound choices.”
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‘Millionaire Tax’ Ballot Question Struck Down in MA

Jun 18 2018

By Jack Huffman, Courthouse News Service

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation meanwhile celebrated the ruling for backing “the time-honored constitutional principle that limits the initiative process.” “By rejecting the notion that a small special interest group can usurp legislative power by including unrelated tax and spending provisions in the same ballot initiative, the court has preserved the state’s ability to make deliberative and fiscally sound choices,” the organization said in a statement.
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Court blocks 'millionaire tax' question from state ballot

Jun 18 2018

AP / The Montreal Gazatte

Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which joined in the lawsuit, said after the ruling that Monday was “a great day for all Massachusetts taxpayers,” because the court had upheld longstanding limitations on ballot questions. “By invalidating this ballot initiative, the court has signaled that the end does not justify the means, no matter how popular the proposal,” she said in a statement.
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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Scratches 'Millionaires Tax' From The Ballot

Jun 18 2018

By Paul Tuthill, WAMC

One of the plaintiffs in the suit, Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, is very pleased with the court’s decision. "There were enormous fiscal, legal, and economic implications of this ballot initiative, so I am very glad the court found in our favor," said McAnneny.
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