Thursday, April 5, 2001
Taxation Committee hearing date next
for CLT's Voluntary Tax Check-off bill
Some of our members have requested that they be advised when
we learned of a hearing date for our Voluntary Tax Check-off bill. We were informed yesterday that it will be heard next
week before the Legislature's Joint Committee on Taxation. The relevant information follows for those who plan to attend
S.1734 - An Act Relative to the Voluntary Optional Tax Endowment (VOTE). This is the official CLT bill, sponsored by state Sen. Jo Ann Sprague (R-Walpole).
H.2093 - This is the CLT bill submitted to the House Republican leadership, but which was immediately revised and its "authorship" claimed by state Rep. Fran Marini (R-Hanson). CLT was dropped as its originator or as a named sponsor. While we also support it, we do so only as the second-best alternative.
(For more details on the revision and surprise claim of authorship see
|| Tuesday, April 10, at 10:00 AM.
|| State House, Room A1 (basement).
CLT announced the filing of our two bills on December 5th of
last year in a news release
"Marini has authored a bill..."
From the House minority leader's news release
A copy of our bill (in Adobe Acrobat PDF format)
Voluntary tax eases impact
of tax-relief referendum
A Boston Herald column by Chip Ford
We know that many legislators are now receptive to the idea
of voluntary check-offs: They've recently proposed one to fund (actually, to gut) the Clean Elections Law, overwhelmingly
approved by voters in 1998.
Won't it be fun to see if anyone dares object to voluntarily
paying what they insisted they didn't need or want with our tax rollback? Will anyone argue against our check-off when they
can elect to pay the higher tax rate they promoted as only our "fair share"?
So mark your calendars, folks; we hope to see many of you
there on Tuesday!
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