Charlie appears to be math-challenged. Check out this little piece of fiscal disconnect:
Baker said he wants to reduce the 5.3 percent income tax and 6.25 percent sales-tax rates to 5 percent.
What would this do for Massachusetts? To hear Charlie Baker tell the story, it seems kind of, well, sucky.
“I do think, at the end of the day, we’ll end up with fewer people working for the state,” said Baker, when asked about the consequences of his plan. “But at the end of the day, the state should have to suck it up the same way cities and towns and families and businesses are sucking it up.”
In case Charlie hadn’t noticed, its the withdrawal of local aid for cities, towns, and schools that brought sucky times to the local level. The wholesale cuts in local aid started with the Romney administration, and this recession is even more painful because municipalities and schools never recovered from Romney’s 20% local aid cut.
Charlie, you can’t run a state like a health insurance company, simply by cutting out the people who need the services.