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Boston business leaders weigh in on second go-around for a ‘millionaire’s tax’

Jun 15 2019

By Kalina Newman, South Coast Today

The MTF statement cited doubts over whether the estimated $2 billion in tax revenue would go towards the proposed transportation and education, or would even materialize at all. ″[T]he power to appropriate revenue in the state budget rests solely within the Legislature and cannot be guaranteed in the constitution,” according to the statement. Because the wording of the amendment says the funds are “subject to appropriation,” the decision on how to best spend the additional funds would need to be made each year by future legislatures.
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Baker urges high tech leaders to help in housing, education

Jun 10 2019

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / The Salem News

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation echoed the message from Anderson in an analysis released Monday where the group concluded that the millionaires tax was not "sound tax policy." The foundation also said the estimated $1.9 million in new tax revenue was "unlikely" to materialize due to the mobility of wealthy taxpayers and the volatility of capital gains taxes. "Given the probability of changes to the economy and taxpayers predilection to avoid taxes it's extremely likely that revenue collections will fall well short of projections for these two reasons," the foundation said.
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For ‘millionaires tax,’ debate rages on

May 24 2019

By Kalina Newman, The Metrowest Daily News

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-funded public policy organization, has been vocal in its opposition and views the tax as a “far-reaching and unguided experiment that risks the state’s economic well-being.” The MTF statement expressed doubts over whether the estimated $2 billion in tax revenue would go toward the proposed transportation and education, or would even materialize at all.
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Capital gains eyed by state rep. as way to boost revenue

Apr 19 2019

By Katie Lannan, State House News Service / The Lowell Sun

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny said lawmakers should be "very careful" in considering changes to the capital gains tax rate, warning of potential unintended consequences like discouraging people from investing or saving. McAnneny noted that money a person invests has often already been taxed when it is earned as income.
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‘Millionaire tax’ amendment rises again at Statehouse

Feb 10 2019

By Bob Salsberg, AP / Boston Herald

“It’s a different process and I think they’re right,” said Eileen McAnnenny, president of Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “Because this is not a citizen’s petition the prohibitions don’t apply.”
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Op-Ed: Ruling on millionaire tax right one constitutionally

Jul 3 2018

By Eileen McAnneny, CommonWealth Magazine

AS A PLAINTIFF in the lawsuit Anderson v. Attorney General, I applaud the court’s decision, although I don’t consider myself or the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the organization that I represent, the winner. The real winner is our democracy.

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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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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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