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new state budget in Mass eliminates health care coverage for LEGAL immigrants

Discussion in 'Political Discussion' started by cupofjoe1962, Jun 26, 2010.

  1. cupofjoe1962

    cupofjoe1962 In the Starting Line-Up

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/15/u...l=1&adxnnlx=1277550337-v8376v23OA 6GOP4CYA2SQ

    The good news... The illegals lose their coverage too.

    Sorry.... There is not enough money to go around.

    Look at our budget compated to Pennsylvania who has twice as
    many people.

    Massachusetts Population: 6.3-6.5 million
    State Budget: $28 Billion

    Pennsylvania Population: 12.6 million
    State Budget: $29 Billion

    It will be interesting to see what Deval Patrick does with this !
    He has 10 days to decide to sign or veto this from the budget.

    If this was any other year, I know he would veto it.
    Then again with Charlie Baker closing the gap in the election polls,
    Deval may put himself ahead of the needy.
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2010
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  3. Patsfanin Philly

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    #95 Jersey

    Pennsylvania's state income tax rate is 3.07% compared to Massachusett's 5.3% but PA has almost no deductions so your adjusted state income, on which the rate is based can often be much much higher for those upper income taxpayers who often have many deductions compared to your federal AGI (adjusted gross income). In addition, there are township taxes of 1% of your income and our area charges an occupation tax where certain professions ( doctor, lawyer, executive ) pay about $500, compared to a clerk or office worker ($25). Pennsylvania's legislature like almost all (IIRC) has to have a balanced budget and they have to make tough decisions every year about what to fund and what not to fund to keep the state solvent. They are currently addressing the next time bomb, the pensions and future liabilities.
    I can say with certainty that having lived in a state that is forced to lived within its means, if the Federal government tried to initiate a bailout of the states rewarding those states that were fiscally irresponsible, this state's (PA) congressional delegation, both Democrats and Republicans would unite to oppose it.

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