MA Politician Caught Avoiding Taxes He Approved
Boston Herald -- A Massachusetts lawmaker who voted to hike the state sales and alcohol taxes was spotted brazenly piling booze in his car - adorned with his State House license plate - in the parking lot of a tax-free New Hampshire liquor store. Rep. Michael J. Rodrigues’ blue Ford Crown Victoria, emblazoned with his “House 29” Massachusetts license plate, was parked outside a Granite State liquor store on I-95 South over the weekend, according to a witness who provided pictures to the Herald.
The Westport Democrat, whose family owns a rug business, was among the lawmakers who voted in an unpopular 25% sales tax hike for Bay Staters. The increase pushed the sales tax to 6.25% and slapped that same levy on booze - the first time alcohol has been subject to retail sales tax. The hike has been blasted by business owners, especially those on the New Hampshire border, who say the increase has driven business north.
Mike Cimini, owner of three Yankee Spirits liquor stores, said he’s lost about 10% of his business since the booze tax went into effect Aug. 1. "It’s absolutely unbelievable that a Massachusetts state representative would be that hypocritical, let alone be that bold to actually drive his car with political plates to a New Hampshire liquor store,” said Cimini, noting Rodrigues represents communities close to his stores. “He’s up in New Hampshire to avoid the very taxes he approved.”
HT: Art Little