The Platform of the Massachusetts Democratic
PART V: FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY, TAX EQUITY, & PUBLIC STEWARDSHIP
Tax Fairness and Responsible Budgeting.
We believe that taxes should be fair and based on ability to pay, and that
budgets should be fiscally responsible and balanced without gimmicks. We
note with pride the success of our Party in achieving these aims both here
and in Washington. We oppose budgets that raid trust funds or rely on unrealistic
economic and revenue forecasts in order to create the appearance of a balanced
budget or to finance tax breaks.
Investments and Tax Relief.
We believe that where state or federal budget surpluses occur, they reflect
the productivity and hard work of all residents and citizens. We believe
surpluses should go to public priorities like needed investments in education
and health care, the strengthening of Social Security and Medicare, the
reduction of public debt, and the provision of tax relief targeted first
to working families, such the Earned Income Tax Credit. We reject emphatically
state or federal tax policies that redirect hard-won budget surpluses or
other public revenues into the hands of a few, or which create windfalls
for the wealthy while offering little or nothing to working families. We
call for tax relief that helps individuals and working families better afford
higher education and save for retirement.
We support the protection of consumers and their interests in all areas
of the marketplace. We call for genuine consumer-oriented automobile insurance
reform and rate relief, including close regulatory scrutiny of industry
rate proposals and a “Consumer Choice” system that would empower car owners
with a choice of coverage options to best fit their needs. We endorse the
monitoring of the deregulation of utilities to ensure fair treatment for
all, and call for stronger efforts to ensure that all eligible rate-payers
obtain the special rates available to lowincome households.
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