A group of antitax activists launched a campaign over the weekend to abolish the state income tax, setting the stage for a contentious public battle if the measure is added to the ballot this fall.The ugliest part?
Of course, if the income tax were complete gutted, all it would mean is not only massive cuts to everything, but also a much-increased sales tax, among others. Such taxes are far less progressive and far more painful to working and middle class citizens. Yet, as patently idiotic as the measure is, that doesn't mean it can be taken lightly; a lot of people will vote for it. Hopefully, the progressive community and those who care about the services they receive from the state every day will take this cause up. It's literally the most important cause we'll see in a long, long time.
How would the state cut $12 billion?
That's three times the sum the state sends cities and towns for public schools. Laying off every state employee would only save about $5 billion, said Cam Huff, a private policy consultant who studies the state budget.