Out-of-control spending bankrupts state; Revenue projections now “out of whack”
1 May 2009
While a House-approved $900 million sales tax increase has been approved for fiscal 2010, it wouldn’t make much of a dent in the deficit even if approved by the Senate and signed into law.
Estimated state revenues in F10 are already believed to $ 1.5B lower than earlier forecast, meaning that the state will be $ 3.9B in the hole by the end of the next fiscal year.
First cuts are to programs calculated to create the largest voter outrage, as has been the practice of the State House since the 1960s. Areas hit would include local aid; the state’s disastrously bad “universal healthcare” system (a large part of which serves illegal aliens); “human services” (largely welfare, mostly to illegal aliens); and the state’s university system, a falling-apart gaggle of bad teachers, admissions based upon race and sex, and surly kids majoring in protesting and being pains-in-the-ass (the university trustees meet regularly and wring their hands over the steep drop in alumni giving; alums have stopped giving to a corrupt system that discriminates against white, heterosexual men). To end this fiscal year, the state is expected to draw-upon its remaining $1.2 billion reserve funds. The states’ “universal healthcare" disaster has been covered extensively here at The Nav Log.
A battle over increased sales tax (backed by the governor) vs. increased state income tax (backed by the Legislature) has been raging for the past month. Patrick was elected in 2006 on what would become the template for the Obama win in 2008. “Together We Can” was the state prequel to Obama’s national “Yes We Can,” a far-left Liberal winning votes by avoiding issues while promising the Moon and instead delivering flaming asteroids of financial destruction guaranteed to devastate the cities.
Massachusetts continues to be one of only a handful of states to continue losing population (and seats in the US House of Representatives), as those that can afford to flee the political and financial insanity. As they say in the Star Trek movies, The Adventure Continues…
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