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All three Fall River state legislators vote to raise up to $612 million in new taxes



Carole Fiola, Paul Schmid, III and Alan Silvia, the three Massachusetts House legislators that represent Fall River, voted earlier week to raise up to $612 million in new tax increases through a 5 cent increase on the gas tax, 9 cents on the diesel tax, $1.20 increase in the Uber and Lyft tax and other taxes and other tax increases. This comes after two consecutive years of $1 billion tax surpluses.

Under the bill (H 4508) that passed on March 4th, Democratic leaders project $522 million to $612 million in new annual tax revenue. In a 113 to 40 vote, Massachusetts state legislators voted to pass the bill. Every Republican member of the House voted against the proposed tax increases, as did independent Rep. Susannah Whipps and eight Democrats: Reps. Brian Ashe of Longmeadow, Michelle DuBois of Brockton, Colleen Garry of Dracut, Patrick Kearney of Scituate, John Rogers of Norwood, John Velis of Westfield, and Jonathan Zlotnik of Gardner.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said last week he was “disappointed” with the legislation and opposes both the gas and corporate tax increases, foreshadowing a potential veto that Democrats could override with a two-thirds votes. Based on Wednesday’s results, the supermajority party appears to have the votes for an override if necessary.

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  1. Norman P Casey

    March 9, 2020 at 9:57 am

    Tax and spend democrats..
    Nothing changes, if nothing changes !!

  2. Micky Morty

    March 9, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    It’s just a few cents people, is the attitude of these out of touch pols. who at the end of the day are starstruck by their own personas. These people who couldn’t make it on their own have their own constituency of cult like demonrats whipped into a frenzy with a hive mind
    mentality that will consume anyone or anything that threatens the hive. Stop feeding the hive and it will collapse in it’s own Sh1t.

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