Nanny State Massachusetts Celebrates COGD Ten Days After Average
Happy Cost of Government Day Massachusetts! This year Massachusetts “celebrates” its Cost of Government Day ten days after the national average on July 15. The Cost of Government Day report measures the calendar day at which the average American has finished working to pay for the spending and regulatory burdens of all levels of government: federal, state and local. Compared to 2011, Massachusetts taxpayers must work one day longer this year, amounting to 207 days.
In the last decade, residents of the state have faced considerable tax increases. Between 2003 and 2012, the Pilgrim State legislature increased taxes by a total of $11.62 billion. In other words, every man woman and child faces a tax burden equal to $1,752.77. Looking at just the state and local tax burden, residents must give up 10.0 percent of their income to these taxes. Overall the state has the eleventh highest state and local taxes in the nation.
While the state budget doesn’t include tax increases, local governments are picking up the slack and increasing taxes. In Marlborough, Massachusetts a ban on cursing has been put in place, fining law-breakers $20 for any verbal slip-up. The nanny state is also clamping down on soda, to “fight” obesity, in Cambridge Massachusetts. Cambridge legislators are considering a ban on soda and sweetened drinks sold in restaurants, fining businesses who continue to sell these beverages. The nanny state needs to recognize the negative impact of these policies in order to work towards earlier Cost of Government Days.
Governor Deval Patrick has continued to stand against raising taxes; however, the FY2012 budget increased spending by 6 percent and for FY2013 legislators signed into law a budget that increases spending by an additional four percent. Despite a budget that includes zero tax hikes, the inflated spending continues to increase the states Cost of Government Day.
Cutting spending and curtailing the power of the nanny state is necessary to achieve an earlier Cost of Government Day. Good luck next year, Massachusetts!