Author Archives: ConsEph

D-Day : Let Us Never Forget

Today, June 6, 2011, marks the 67th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France where 160,000 brave soldiers undertook the largest amphibian assault in a landing that covered 50 miles of coast line. The cost of the day was high with more than 9,000 allied troops killed or wounded, but the D-Day invasion marked the start of the defeat…

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Do We Need Amazon as a Tax Collector?

( – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno) There was a hearing on Thursday on Beacon Hill to debate / discuss whether internet retailers should be required to collected sales taxes on purchases by MA residents regardless of whether the internet retailer has a physical presence in MA or not.  Many arguments have been made to support this “Amazon Tax”,…

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Municipal Health Care Benefits – Can Taxpayers Afford Them Anymore?

Just in time for municipal budget season the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and the Boston Foundation have come out with a report comparing municipal health care benefits for 14 communities with plans offered by the Group Insurance Commission, the Federal Government and the Private Sector. http://www.masstaxpayers.org/p… While most would have anticipated that the benefits provided to municipal employees were more costly…

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Is it Time for a Prop 2 1/2 Override Paradigm Shift

( – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno) Spring is upon us and with it another season of Proposition 2 1/2 override votes. Looking at some upcoming votes has got me to thinking, who negotiates for the taxpayers when considering these votes? Yes, I know that a town meeting, board of selectmen, city council or whatever elected board governs determines…

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Tax Increases and Business Decisions – Illinois Edition

( – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno) Fidelity’s decision to consolidate operations in RI and NH from Malborough has engendered much discussion about the impact of the business environment on business decisions.  Making this discussion even more pertinent is a proposal to increase the MA income tax rate from 5.3% to 5.95% (plus other changes to income and capital…

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