Massachusetts legislators are among the hardest-working in the country. They labor away tirelessly, day in and day out, searching for new things to pass laws about. Hardly a day goes by that they don’t find something new to either tax or outlaw.
But perhaps they are working too hard. According to a recent Boston Herald investigation, six Massachusetts legislators were too gosh-darn busy passing new taxes that they didn’t have time to pay their own taxes.
But they come by it honestly. A few years ago, when Rose Kennedy, the matriarch of the family, died, the family managed to get her estate probated in Florida, where the family maintains a home, and where inheritance taxes are far less troublesome. Never mind that Mrs. Kennedy hadn’t left her Massachusetts home in several years, and under both Massachusetts and Florida laws she had no right to claim Florida residency. In her heart, she knew she was a Floridian, and her family made sure her wishes were followed.
And there’s another Massachusetts state senator, Dianne Wilkerson, who was convicted of failing to file her income taxes for several years. She served a sentence under “house arrest,” where it is hoped that she was prohibited from voting for yet more taxes for her to avoid.
Tell me again how wonderful it is when one party completely dominates a state.