Tax Amendment Now Up To Mass. Voters

Jun 14, 2017

A proposal to add an extra 4 percent tax to incomes over $1 million will now be up to Massachusetts voters in 2018. It passed a joint session of the legislature for the second time, as is required for a state constitutional amendment.

Representative Peter Durant of Spencer was among the lawmakers voting against the proposal. He said the work of tax reform should be left to lawmakers.

"We are asking the public to make complex tax policy decisions, because we won't do it here," Durant said. "I urge all the members to reject this amendment and let's do the work we were elected to do."

Proponents said those most affected by income disparity should decide.

The revenue from the so-called "millionaire's tax" would go to support public education and transportation.