(EDITOR’S NOTE: The tax increase in question is often referred to as the “Millionaire Tax.” The tax would add a 4% tax on all income over $1 million. Miceli told the Sun that “high-earners should pay their share” and the added revenue should be used to fix the state’s infrastructure issues.)
TEWKSBURY, MA — Following State Representative James Miceli’s (D-Wilmington) ‘wholehearted support’ for a tax increase, a declaration he made in Wednesday’s Lowell Sun, Pina Prinzivalli renewed her campaign pledge to protect the taxpayers.
“I’m running to put the taxpayers first,” said Prinzivalli, Republican candidate for State Representative from Tewksbury. “I oppose tax increases. It’s that simple. We don’t have a revenue problem. We have a spending problem. I’ve been going door to door, talking to voters, some of whom are considering leaving and heading south because it’s too difficult to live, work, and raise a family in Massachusetts. We have to change that.”
Just today (2/20/18), the USA Today published a story indicating that Massachusetts had the 9th highest tax burden. And in January, the USA Today published a story that showed Massachusetts was ranked 6th for having the most people pack up and leave and move elsewhere.
“When it comes this so called ‘Fair Share’ tax or more appropriately ‘Prop 80,’ which raises the income tax on the highest earners making a million dollars or more, people and businesses are going to leave Massachusetts. And when that tax base shrinks, the burden is going to be placed on working families to make up the difference. It’s naive for Mr. Miceli to think otherwise,” said Prinzivalli.
Mr. Miceli’s support to raise taxes comes on the heels of voting himself and his colleagues $18,000,000 worth of pay raises in an emergency bill in January of 2017, including a 20% increase for the Representative. Prinzivalli has pledged that if elected, she will donate any increase in base salary to charity.
Since announcing her campaign last October, Prinzivalli has worked to lower the tax burden by collecting signatures for a ballot question that will reduce the sales tax to 5% and establish a sales tax free weekend every year.
Prinzivalli will be hosting her official campaign kickoff event on Tuesday, March 20th at Luna Rossa in Tewksbury from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
(NOTE: The above press release is from the Prinzivalli campaign.)
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