THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING
ANOTHER LOOK AT MASS. MODEL FOR ECONOMY

Rethink cuts-only approach

August 23, 2011

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APPARENTLY SCOTT Brown would rather rewrite history than rethink his cuts-only approach to the federal budget. In his “Look to Mass. as a model for growth agenda’’ (Op-ed, Aug. 13), he claims that “instead of raising taxes’’ in 2002, the state Legislature addressed a projected $3 billion deficit for fiscal 2003 with nothing but cuts. In fact, what the Legislature did then was take a balanced approach to the crisis. Cuts were made and reserves were used (another aspect Senator Brown fails to mention), but most important, nearly half the deficit was covered by a tax package worth more than $1.2 billion. By taxing capital gains at the same rate as wages, a third of that new revenue came from the same wealthy investors who were enjoying tax breaks from the Bush administration.

We do have a great Massachusetts model for growth, one that invests in our communities and our economy. Brown has rejected that model to stay in step with his extreme Republican colleagues in Washington.

Harris Gruman, Somerville