The Boston Globe
September 22, 2022

There are rich people, and then there are the ‘one-time millionaires’


Opponents of the November ballot initiative that would raise taxes for some Massachusetts residents are out to redefine what it means to be wealthy.

For more than a month, the campaign championing a special tax on the wealthy has blasted TV airwaves with a simple message: “They pay less and we pay more.”

“They” are the people who earn more than $1 million a year, as one ad intones and pans to a shot of a businessman boarding a private jet. The implication is that they can afford Question 1, a ballot initiative that would create a 4 percent surcharge on these millionaires.

Yet the first ad from the opposition, which debuted last week, paints a different picture of who could get hit with the proposed hike: farmers, lobstermen, small business owners, and even homeowners.

Harwich cranberry farmer Leo Cakounes, who stars in a TV advertisement opposing Question 1, said: “I’ve saved and scrimped and cut back. Now I am being penalized again when this goes through.” JOHN TLUMACKI/GLOBE STAFF

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