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Massachusetts High Court Strikes Down Millionaire’s Tax

Jun 19 2018

By Aaron Nicodemus, BNA / Bloomberg

‘Logrolling’ Argument: Representatives for the business groups—Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts High Technology Council, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, and the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership—had argued that the amendment paired an unpopular provision (the graduated income tax) with two popular ones (funding for education and transportation), a practice known as logrolling.
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With millionaires tax off the ballot, how else do we pay for transportation and education?

Jun 19 2018

By Shirley Leung, The Boston Globe

“We are not opposed to all taxes,” added Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and whose group was a plaintiff in the SJC case. “In fact, we have supported new revenue for transportation and we will likely do so again.” But if Beacon Hill is going to raise taxes, McAnneny said lawmakers have got to build voter support and show why more money is necessary. “It’s never an easy task,” said McAnneny. “You have to lay the ground work.”
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Supreme Judicial Court turns down surtax on annual household incomes over $1M

Jun 19 2018

By Jennifer Zarate, WWLP

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation was one of five plaintiffs that challenged the ballot initiative, finding it "unconstitutional." President of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Eileen McAnneny, told 22News, "It went far beyond the policy question of whether we should raise taxes on a subset of taxpayers. We opposed that for a number of reasons, but this question was not about that."
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Proposed 'Millionaire Tax' Struck Down By Massachusetts High Court

Jun 18 2018

By Steve Brown, New England Public Radio

Attorney General Maura Healey ruled last year that the proposed amendment to the state’s constitution was legal, and qualified for the ballot, but opponents including executives from Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the Massachusetts High Technology Council and others disagreed. They took the AG to court to challenge the constitutionality of the amendment.
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SJC knocks millionaires tax off November ballot

Jun 18 2018

By Michael Jonas, CommonWealth Magazine

he Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, one of five plaintiffs challenging the ballot question, hailed the ruling. “Today is a great day for all Massachusetts taxpayers because the court has upheld the time-honored constitutional principle that limits the initiative process,” Eileen McAnneny, the group’s president, said in a statement. “By rejecting the notion that a small special interest group can usurp legislative power by including unrelated tax and spending provisions in the same ballot initiative, the court has preserved the state’s ability to make deliberative and fiscally sound choices.”
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‘Millionaire Tax’ Ballot Question Struck Down in MA

Jun 18 2018

By Jack Huffman, Courthouse News Service

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation meanwhile celebrated the ruling for backing “the time-honored constitutional principle that limits the initiative process.” “By rejecting the notion that a small special interest group can usurp legislative power by including unrelated tax and spending provisions in the same ballot initiative, the court has preserved the state’s ability to make deliberative and fiscally sound choices,” the organization said in a statement.
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Court blocks 'millionaire tax' question from state ballot

Jun 18 2018

AP / The Montreal Gazatte

Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, which joined in the lawsuit, said after the ruling that Monday was “a great day for all Massachusetts taxpayers,” because the court had upheld longstanding limitations on ballot questions. “By invalidating this ballot initiative, the court has signaled that the end does not justify the means, no matter how popular the proposal,” she said in a statement.
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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Scratches 'Millionaires Tax' From The Ballot

Jun 18 2018

By Paul Tuthill, WAMC

One of the plaintiffs in the suit, Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, is very pleased with the court’s decision. "There were enormous fiscal, legal, and economic implications of this ballot initiative, so I am very glad the court found in our favor," said McAnneny.
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Relief and dismay as court strikes down millionaire's tax ballot question

Jun 18 2018

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, called it a "great day for all Massachusetts taxpayers." "By rejecting the notion that a small special interest group can usurp legislative power by including unrelated tax and spending provisions in the same ballot initiative, the court has preserved the state's ability to make deliberative and fiscally sound choices," McAnneny said.
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Reaction to SJC's tax ruling runs gamut from jubilation to outrage

Jun 18 2018

State House News Service / The Lowell Sun

"This case was not about whether a graduated income tax is good public policy or bad public policy, it was about how the proponents tried to achieve it -- a method in direct violation of the Constitution under which the Legislature's deliberative taxing and spending authority would have been severely limited.

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