The Corner

Maybe They Need More Coffee

Romney just left himself wide open by saying the best argument for him is: “They’ve got my record as governor.”

As Deroy Murdock established, it was a tax-hiking record. He even raised taxes on New Hampshire residents who dared to work in Massachusetts.

To quote Murdock: As if impoverishing his own citizens were not bad enough, Romney’s March 5, 2003, signature raised taxes on non-residents retroactive to January 1 of that year. Perpetrating taxation without representation, Romney’s law declared that “gross income derived from . . . any trade or business, including any employment,” would be taxable, “regardless of the taxpayer’s residence or domicile in the year it is received.” Consequently, according to data furnished by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, between 2003 and 2006, New Hampshire residents who worked or did business in the Bay State shipped Massachusetts $95 million above what they would have paid if Romney hadn’t signed the new law. The average tax paid by New Hampshirites into Massachusetts grew by $458 — from $2,392 in 2002 to $2,850 in 2006 — up 19.1 percent.

This column ran in the Manchester Union Leader. The question is, did the other candidates see it? Nobody has jumped on it yet…..

 

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