Downing calls out Baker’s proposed sales tax freeze

Urges people-oriented use of tax surplus

For Immediate Release:
August 4, 2021


East Boston, MA — Following news that the Baker-Polito Administration this week proposed a two-month sales tax freeze, former state senator, clean energy business leader, and current gubernatorial candidate Ben Downing released the following statement:

“We have crippling congestion on the roads, thousands of children on waitlists for childcare slots, and a housing market that leaves working class families wondering what next month will bring. Instead of addressing any one of the real issues plaguing our communities, Governor Baker is offering Massachusetts residents a gimmick.

“With the state on track to end the year with a multi-billion dollar surplus, Massachusetts has the opportunity to meet the urgent need for action. From teachers pleading for safer classrooms to workers speaking out against unjust wages–this proposal is dismissive of the issues actually facing working families.

“People are tired of short term, gimmick policies that won’t solve any of the problems they see every day in their lives, in their communities. The Baker-Polito Administration should abandon this proposal, and instead invest the surplus to meet the pressing needs our families and communities face.”