The Globe story begins:
Governor Deval Patrick's administration is preparing a push to give
OK. But the root cause of the problem is identified towards the end of the article:
Every other city looked at in the [nationwide] study also collected at least a portion of the sales tax generated in the city. But sales taxes from
I’m not trying to knock Patrick’s proposal. This Globe story doesn’t carry enough specifics to make a case either way.
But one can’t allow the one-party regime controlling the legislature to act as redistributors of local taxes without creating a culture of patronage, as we have done in spades. On the other had, if this redistribution is restricted and communities are allowed to keep more of their “own” local taxes, the resulting benefits will likely accrue to wealthier communities, and I doubt that Patrick will stand for that.