For those who don’t know me, my name is Steve May, I’m from Hull, and I am a candidate for State Senate in the Plymouth and Norfolk district running to represent Weymouth, Hingham, Hull, Cohasset, Scituate, Marshfield, Norwell and Duxbury.
We need to address the growing budget gap in Massachusetts without hurting low income and middle class residents. I’m calling on the State Legislature to embrace a comprehensive effort which would include a 60-day tax amnesty for unreported assets and income taxable in Massachusetts. I also see a need to increase the number of enforcement agents at the State Department of Revenue and additionally double fines and create mandatory minimum jail terms of twenty-four months per count for tax evasion.
We have a problem here in Massachusetts. Money is tight. With schools, roads, water systems and bridges all in various states of decay, The state of Massachusetts’ need to replace parts of the State’s infrastructure. Essential services all need to be funded. Our Commonwealth faces a revenue gap not seen in Massachusetts for decades. With value flowing out of the homes of ordinary Bay Staters and fewer jobs leading to less revenue from payroll and corporate taxes, our circumstances are dire. I’m calling on the State Legislature to implement my plan which offers an aggressive approach in line with our current financial straits.
We are fighting two wars, and are in the midst of the most challenging economy since the Great Depression… this is not the time to starve government or ignore basic human needs for the increasing ranks of financially-challenged families across this state. The very idea that people whom enjoy the fruits of freedom and liberty as American citizens and Massachusetts residents are actively evading seeking to shirk their responsibility to the commonwealth is unacceptable.
Under more robust financial times the state would be able to count on payroll taxes to provide a larger percentage of funding to the general operating budget of our Commonwealth. The community’s needs do not end because we are in a period of economic weakness, they actually increase. There is a substantial gap between what is necessary to meet the basic needs of Bay State residents and the actual monies coming into government coffers.
All avenues available to the people of Massachusetts must be explored in an effort to stave off our current budget crisis. In a world where millions of dollars can be moved in the time it takes to click a mouse, a 60-day tax amnesty is more than adequate to encourage people who have stashed their monies in the Cayman Islands or on the Isle of Man to return their assets home. Massachusetts residents who fail to bring their monies back to the Bay State should face consequences severe enough to deter their continued criminal conduct. My proposal would double fines for tax evasion and adds a mandatory minimum sentence of 24 months per count.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this proposal, and I invite you to visit my website to learn more about my candidacy: Steve2012.com.
Candidate for State Senate