THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, May 10, 2019 Page 19 Special Report Beacon Hill Roll Call By Bob Katzen LEGISLATURE VOTES TO TAX MILLIONAIRES ANOTHER 4 PERCENT (H 86) The House and Senate held a constitutional convention and approved 156-37, (House approved 121-33, Senate approved 35-4), a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow a graduated income tax in Massachusetts and impose an additional 4 percent income tax, in addition to the current fl at 5.1 percent one, on taxpayers’ earnings of more than $1 million. Language in the amendment requires that “subject to appropriation” the revenue will go to fund quality public education, affordable public colleges and universities, and for the repair and maintenance of roads, bridges and public transportation. The proposal is sponsored by Sen. Jason Lewis (D-Winchester) and Rep. James O’Day (D-West Boylston). In order to go on the ballot for voters to decide, it needs to twice have the votes of 101 of the 200 members of the House and Senate in the current 20192020 session and again in the 2021-2022 session. The earliest it could be on the ballot is in November 2022. A similar eff ort by a group called the “Raise Up Coalition” to get the question on the 2018 ballot was derailed when it was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Judicial Court which said the constitution prohibits placing more than one objective in a single proposed constitutional amendment that is sought by a citizens’ group. The court’s decision noted that the proposal imposed the tax and then stipulates how the money could be spent. The current amendment is proposed by legislators rather than citizens and according to proponents, amendments proposed by legislators can have more than one objective and would not be ruled unconstitutional by the court. There was no debate on the proposal and no amendments were considered despite eff orts by GOP Minority Leader Brad Jones (RNorth Reading) to propose one. Jones said that Senate President Karen Spilka, who presided over the convention, was intent on gaveling through the proposal quickly and defl ected his attempts to offer an amendment. Jones said his amendment would have required that revenue from the new tax be spent in addition to funds already directed toward education and transportation, and not simply replace those funds. Jones was clearly unhappy with the procedure. "You know what it is?” Jones told the State House News Service. “You can quote me. It's bu**sh**. That's what it is.” Senate President Karen Spilka said there will be debate and the opportunity to propose amendments when the proposal is debated again on June 12. Supporters say the amendment will aff ect only 20,000 extremely wealthy individuals and will generate up to $2 billion annually in additional tax revenue. They argue that using the funds for education and for the repair and maintenance of roads, bridges and public transportation will benefi t millions of Bay State taxpayers. They note the hike would help lower income families which are now paying a higher share of their income in taxes. Opponents argue the new tax will result in the loss of 9,500 private sector jobs, $405 million annually in personal disposable income and some millionaires moving out of state. They say that the earmarking of the funds for specific projects is illegal and said all the funds will go into the General Fund and be up for grabs for anything. “The new revenue that would be raised by the Fair Share Amendment would go a long way in helping to fix crumbling roads and bridges, improving service on the MBTA and other public transportation, increasing funding for public schools, expanding access to quality early childhood education, and making higher education more aff ordable for students and families,” said Sen. Jason Lewis (DWinchester), the Senate sponsor of the proposal. “It’s also the best way to raise revenue that would make our tax system fairer and more progressive, rather than increasing taxes on middle class families who cannot aff ord to pay more. I’m pleased that the Legislature’s action today moves the Fair Share Amendment one step closer to the ballot.” “The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance (MFA) stands with the voters, who on fi ve separate occasions voted against making Massachusetts a graduated income tax state, and with the state’s highest court which recently rejected a similar scheme as unconstitutional,” said Paul Craney, spokesman for the MFA. “Some lawmakers think history started in 2019, but this policy idea is the most rejected in the state’s history. The answer should always be ‘no,’ when considering removing our constitutionally protected guarantees of equal taxation.” “Community, faith, and labor groups all across Massachusetts strongly support the Fair Share Amendment because it’s the most fair, progressive and sustainable way to raise the major new revenue Massachusetts needs to invest in transportation and public education,” said Andrew Farnitano, the spokesman for Raise Up Massachusetts. “We thank the Legislature for moving the Fair Share Amendment forward today.” "If there was ever any doubt that the Legislature would expedite the scheme to tax more, today's brief constitutional convention dispelled it," said Chip Ford, executive director of Citizens for Limited Taxation. "It took longer to call the convention to order than to actually vote on and advance the so-called ‘Millionaire's Tax,’ Ford added. "A whopping billion dollars in excess revenue above last April's haul poured into state coff ers just last month alone but that’s still not enough for the ‘spendoholics’ on Beacon Hill. More never is." (A "Yes" vote is for the additional 4 percent tax. A "No" vote is against it.) Rep. Paul Donato Didn't Vote Rep. Steven Ultrino Sen. Jason Lewis Yes Yes CITY OF MALDEN, MASSACHUSETTS MALDEN HISTORICAL COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING The Malden Historical Commission will hold a public hearing in the Auditorium on the First Floor of the JOHN & CHRISTINA MARKEY MALDEN SENIOR COMMUNITY CENTER, 7 Washington Street, Malden, MA at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, to review the permit application for the proposed alterations to the façade of the building at the property known as and numbered 46-52 Pleasant Street, also known as 50 Pleasant Street and by City Assessor’s Parcel ID # 052-274-410 and which has been determined to be a Significant Building in accordance with Section III.6 of the City of Malden Demolition and Alteration Delay Ordinance, for the purpose of making a determination whether the building is Preferably Preserved, in accordance with Section III.9 of the City of Malden Demolition and Alteration Delay Ordinance. Permit application and plans are available for public review in the Permits, Inspections & Planning Office, 2nd Floor, 110 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA and at https://permits.cityofmalden.org/EnerGov_PROD/SelfService#/home under Permit Application #CMID-028368-2019. By: Barbara L. Tolstrup Chair Malden Historical Commission May 10, 2019 ~ Legal Notice ~ INVITATION FOR BID CITY OF MALDEN The City of Malden invites sealed bids in accordance with M.G.L. c.30 from Vendors for: CUSTODIAL SUPPLIES TO MALDEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS Bids will be received until 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 5, 2019      Controller, 110 Pleasant Street 1st Floor, Malden MA 02148. Bids will not be accepted                             publicly opened and read aloud. Contract Documents will be available by email request at purchasing@cityofmalden.org after: 10:00 a.m., May 13, 2019. CITY OF MALDEN     May 10, 2019 REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS Copyrighted material previously published in Banker & Tradesman/The Commercial Record, a weekly trade newspaper. It is reprinted with permission from the publisher, buyer1 The Warren Group. For a searchable database of real estate transactions and property information visit: www.thewarrengroup.com. buyer2 seller1 Se y, Ge hadevi M Se y, Sundara K Swains Pond Homes LLC Viselli, Sco Caramanica, Melissa A Zhu, Zijian Youkana, Daniel Singh, Prem Viselli, Cris na Mulgrew, Paul G Cusson, Gary W Fung, Shirley W Hennessy, Jillian Nguon, Virak Philip, Sunny seller2 address 45 Circle Rd Mulgrew, Eileen 216 Adams St 19 Bryant St Philip, Constan a 357-357A Broadway price $ 600 000,00 $ 555 000,00 $ 270 000,00 20-30 Daniels St #506 $ 363 000,00 20-30 Daniels St #609 $ 392 000,00 $ 550 000,00 Malden

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