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  •  "Taxachusetts" is a totally incorrect appellation. (4+ / 0-)

    Property taxes are higher almost anywhere in New Hampshire than in Massachusetts. You have to make a boatload of money to even OWE state income taxes and if you're a renter--a middle class renter--you can write off part of your rent as you would your mortgage if you owned your home. I know, I'm from there and lived there for years.

    Yeah, there is something like a 6.4 percent sales tax. When I lived in Texas, it was 7 or 8 percent.

    It's expensive to live in Massachusetts, but it's not because of the taxes. It's because there is a chronic shortage of housing in the cities and other reasons.

    I remember when Prop. 2 1/2 passed in the early 80's--worst thing Massachusetts ever did. All it did was to force people to fund schools and other things through "fees" rather than "taxes".

    In some ways, even with our Teabagger governor here in Maine, taxes are higher here than in MA, our very generous social services have come under attack (including his refusal to expand Medicaid) and we're getting less bang for our buck.

    IF I could afford the rent, I'd move back to Boston. I'd be better off poor there, and were I rich, I'd be better off rich there, too.

    "Taxachusetts" is a meme from the Dukakis-Reagan campaign. Why use it?

    "To take another person's life from the bench is no better than to take another person's life from the street"

    by commonmass on Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 06:05:47 PM PDT

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