Massachusetts Court Questions Millionaire Tax

In oral arguments before the state Supreme Court this week, a number of the justices raised some pointed questions about the constitutionality of the ballot proposal. As approved for the 2018 ballot, the Massachusetts “millionaire tax” would add a 4 percent tax on earnings over $1 million and incorporate that ‘surcharge’ into the state constitution.…

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MA Retailers Push Tax Cut

In Massachusetts, one of the blue-est of blue states, it may be the ultimate longshot, but the Retailers Association of Massachusetts (RAM) is undeterred and moving forward with a ballot initiative to lower the state sales tax. Currently pegged at 6.25 percent, the state sales tax would drop to 5% effective January 2018 if the…

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Business Challenges MA Millionaire Tax Question

Business interests in Massachusetts, led by the Massachusetts High Tech Council, Associated Industries of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation among others, have initiated litigation challenging the placement of the so-called Millionaire Tax on the state ballot in November. The action, filed with the state Supreme Court this week, asks the court to declare the…

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Seattle Mayor Resigns, Millionaire Tax Challenged

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, who dropped his campaign for reelection back in May, resigned this week as Mayor in the face of the fifth person (this one his younger cousin) coming forward to accuse him of child sexual abuse. Murray officially vacated the office effective at 5PM on Wednesday and City Council President Bruce Harrell…

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Mass AG Clears 21 Ballot Questions

Another minimum wage hike is only one of the 21 ballot initiatives covering 18 different topics that Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey advanced this past week toward the November ballot. At this point, the AG only certifies that the questions do not violate the state constitution, clearing the way for the proponents to go to…

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Cuomo Kills NYC Millionaire’s Tax

OK, he may not have actually killed it, but declaring it DOA in Albany is about as close to terminal as it gets. A few weeks back, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio endorsed the idea of increasing the city income tax on an individual making more than $500,000 ($1 million for couples) by…

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Extending, Expanding New York Millionaire’s Tax

New York so-called “millionaire’s tax” was first adopted back in 2009 and renewed two years later in 2011. It is set to expire at the end of this year, so the effort has already begun – not just to extend the expiration date (another three year extension of the 8-year old tax), but also to…

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Employment Battles Continue as More States Preempt

A growing number of states around the nation are exercising control of minimum wages by preempting the establishment of local minimums, paid sick leave and other employment mandates, according to a new report. In “City Rights in an Era of Preemption”, the National League of Cities laments the proliferation of state preemption and alleges that…

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Massachusetts Millionaires in the Crosshairs

Speaking of Massachusetts laws, the front group behind many of the minimum wage issues in the state, Raise Up Massachusetts, is also pushing a new ballot initiative that seeks to impose a Millionaire’s Tax on those individuals earning $1 million or more per year.  The group held a rally earlier this week at the State…

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