…the Mad Biologist needs more expensive prime rib. One of the initiatives on the Massachusetts ballot is Proposition 1, which calls for the abolition of the MA income tax. You might be surprised to read that the Mad Biologist is urging you to vote for Proposition 1.
In MA, the income tax accounts for roughly forty percent of all revenue while the property tax collects roughly the same amount. So what would happen if we removed the income tax? Well, in light of the massive budget shortfalls MA is already facing, local property taxes would have to rise to make up the shortfall–if Florida is any indication, property taxes would double.
Now, readers of this blog will wonder why on earth I would support this; after all, the property tax is highly regressive. Well, as a renter, I’ve figured out how much my tax burden would increase if property taxes were to make up the shortfall, and the Mad Biologist comes out ahead by thousands of dollars.
Here’s the key point: I need more high quality prime rib in my diet.
Have you ever been to Grill 23? Shifting the tax burden from me to your children’s college fund or healthcare will provide me with top-grade vittles.
Did I mention that the prime rib at Grill 23 is 32 ounces?
So, please, don’t think of all of the social services, public health, aid to the mentally disabled, educational needs, and public safety our state requires. Instead, think of me. You wouldn’t want me to go to Grill 23 without a nice, new suit, would you? Or snazzy cufflinks?
Don’t think of Massachusetts’ future. Think of the Mad Biologist. Eating your prime rib. While wearing a really sharp suit. And then vote for Proposition 1.
Besides, I plan on voting against my own economic interests by voting No on Proposition One. I’m counting on you to save me from myself.
And to provide me with really good food. And a nice suit.