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September 20, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GREATER BOSTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE JOINS COALITION TO STOP THE TAX HIKE AMENDMENT IN OPPOSITION TO QUESTION 1
September 20, 2022 – Representing the collective voice of the region’s business community, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) today publicly reaffirmed its opposition to Question 1 on the ballot this November. If passed, the Tax Hike Amendment stands to permanently impose the highest-ever tax increase at a time when the state already has the biggest budget surplus in history, crippling small businesses across the Commonwealth.
GBCC joins hundreds of concerned residents and dozens of organizations representing over 20,000 Massachusetts-based businesses in their opposition to Question 1, citing the ill-conceived and deceptive nature of the ballot question.
“Massachusetts already ranks 49th in the country in the cost of doing business,” said James E. Rooney, President & CEO, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. “Question 1 would increase taxes on tens of thousands of small business owners at a time when we should be supporting our small business owners as they work to rebuild from the detrimental impacts of the pandemic. This is an unprecedented and unnecessary financial hit to our hardworking residents.”
The Amendment would immediately implement an 80% tax increase on any income reported over $1 million. However, Question 1 is not just a tax on people making a million dollars every year. It would be applied to the sale of homes, businesses, pensions, and more. Unlike federal taxes, this constitutional amendment would treat these one-time gains as income, pushing tens of thousands of Massachusetts residents into the new higher tax bracket, and nearly doubling their taxes.
The amendment also includes S-corporations and passthrough companies that report their businesses’ revenue as personal income, even though most of that revenue is reinvested back into their businesses and staff members. These small businesses who already operate on a razor-thin margin will be threatened by Question 1.
“Our small business has grown in Massachusetts by continually reinvesting in our team. Question 1 would make that impossible,” said Ricardo Souza, owner of EFR Mechanical. “Question 1 will stunt small business’ economic recovery, and force businesses and jobs to leave the state of Massachusetts.”
A recent study from the Tufts Center for State Policy Analysis concluded that revenue generated from the Tax Hike Amendment is likely be diverted to other areas of spending, rather than solely for education and transportation spending. Despite what proponents are communicating, Question 1 will give lawmakers a blank check with no accountability.
The Coalition to Stop the Tax Hike Amendment is comprised of hundreds of hardworking residents, retirees, veterans, small business owners, large employers, and community organizations who know that now is not the time to raise taxes, and are urging Massachusetts to Vote No on Question 1. Learn more at www.noquestion1.com.
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