Two – wait for it – very different takes on Taxachusetts in today’s local dailies.
Start with this glass-half-empty front-page piece in the Boston Globe:
Looks for ways to curb spending; automatic cut in taxes ruled out
Facing weaker than expected state tax revenues, Governor Deval Patrick’s administration has curbed state hiring, halted an automatic income tax reduction, and begun identifying cuts in spending that may be necessary to balance the budget.
Recent tax collections have been unexpectedly disappointing, failing to measure up to last year’s levels. In October, revenues were $162 million short of budgetary estimates and $48 million below the level reached in October 2011.
State revenues are running $256 million behind budget and $33 million behind last year’s actual collection, officials said.
Cut to Ho-Ho-Holly Robichaud’s column in today’s Boston Herald:
The never-ending saga of Taxachusetts is coming to our wallets soon.
Whether or not there is a need for more revenue, the fundamental problem is that Democrats have a delusional view about our money. They believe what we don’t pay in taxes is an expenditure on behalf of the state.
Hence, it is costing Bacon Hill tax dollars because we keep more of our savings and paychecks.
A bit tortured there, but emblematic of the glass-stolen-by-the-state school of politics.
See you when there’s a tiebreaker.