Monday January 28, 2013

Finally, Massachusetts has a governor with the courage to propose tax changes to improve our deteriorating roads and bridges and to support education. All future proceeds from the sales tax would go to a public works fund to support transportation, school construction and other sorely needed infrastructure repairs and improvements. Now it is up to our legislators to step up to the plate and approve this plan.

No one wants to pay more taxes, but like any business, person knows you can’t let your business deteriorate or it will cost much more in the long run. Let’s support the tax increase, fix our infrastructure and schools, and put tradesmen and others to work. We will be way ahead of the game rather than patching up roads, bridges and schools.

The governor is cutting the sales tax, which is helpful to all of us, and the increase of 1 percent in the income tax is a far more equitable way to raise money. Cities and towns like Adams will receive $5.6 billion, a $31 million increase in unrestricted local aid, as well as a $226 million increase in education funding. This increase for someone making $50,000 a year amounts to only $9.62 per week, a sum that will bring great returns.

Tell your legislators to support this important plan.

DONALD R. SOMMER

Adams