Gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick made a mis-step in Monday’s candidate forum by rejecting for the present the 2000 vote to roll back the state income tax to five percent. He has allowed Reilly to seize this issue.
Bad idea. First, candidates who promise to lower taxes generally beat those who refuse to make the same promises. Second, candidates who ignore popular preferences (the roll back was approved 56.4 percent to 38.6 percent in 2000) do so at their peril.
Patrick also fumbled the issue of local meals taxes, where according to the Globe he said he would support local increases. “[H]is rival for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly, flatly ruled out any such increase,” the newspaper reported. The voice of experience.