TEWKSBURY, MA — Below is a press release from Erin Buckley (R-Tewksbury), candidate for State Representative of the 19th Middlesex district:
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s decision to strike-down the “Millionaires Tax”, and thus remove it as a ballot question for this November, is a triumph for the rule of law!
In their opinion, the SJC wrote, “We conclude that the initiative petition should not have been certified by the Attorney General.”
This affirms what critics have stated all along, this proposal goes against the Massachusetts constitution, which does not allow specific appropriations to be done through ballot initiatives. Cut and dry.
However, it isn’t often in Massachusetts that one expects an envy-driven wealth hunt to be see for what it is, either on the street or on the bench, but this was one torch lit and pitchfork raised too many.
How can we, as a Commonwealth, work to promote job growth, praise innovation, and welcome new businesses to our shared state with one hand, if our other hand grasps a judgment of greed for those deemed too successful — or rich?
“More weight!” was the cry of Giles Corey during our most infamous witch hunt — but no one spoke-up to end his unjust punishment then. I am glad that our judges spoke-up and answered, before the next stone was placed on those convicted of practicing capitalism, “No more weight!”
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