taxes

Banning plastics is a mixed bag

The Boston City Council is considering a proposal to ban single-use plastic bags, those ubiquitous film-thin carriers used in grocery and convenience stores. If the council passes it, it could trigger a long-sought statewide ban that environmentalists crave and retailers fear. State Rep. Lori Ehrlich earlier this year was the latest to make an unsuccessful effort to(...)

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The Codcast: Baker’s curious VMT decision

Gov. Charlie Baker’s decision last week to veto a legislative provision directing the state to seek federal funds for an all-volunteer study of vehicle-miles-traveled, or VMT, turned some heads. The tax-averse governor said the proposal, which would test out the imposition of a fee on drivers for the miles they drive on state roads, raised(...)

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The anti-tax woman goeth

The anti-tax woman goeth

A legendary voice in Massachusetts political battles is stilled

WHEN COMMONWEALTH MAGAZINE arrived on the scene 20 years ago, Barbara Anderson’s most public battles were already behind her. It was in that context that founding editor Dave Denison paid her a visit at the downtown offices of Citizens for Limited Taxation and then, a week later, at her “small, cluttered Marblehead home.” Anderson, who(...)

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Why Republicans hate the Affordable Care Act

Why Republicans hate the Affordable Care Act

New Medicare taxes on the wealthy responsible for much of the animus

THIS WEEK, THE US House of Representatives will take up reconciliation legislation, amended and approved in the US Senate last month, that would drill major, damaging holes in the Affordable Care Act. Though the bill has zero chance of becoming law because of a certain veto by President Obama, it is – by the Democrats’ count(...)

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