Nicolas John

Massachusetts carbon tax bills are a mixed bag

The search for climate change solutions that keep science front and center and political preferences secondary has led to one frustration after another. But that soon may change. …

Local e-cigarette crackdowns are misguided and counter-productive

In an unfortunate trend across the country, cities and towns have raced to institute new regulations and update existing laws that deal with e-cigarettes and vapor products, often …

Massachusetts’ ‘millionaires tax’ is a major misstep

Trying to squeeze more money out of the top income earners is a poor fiscal strategy, whether you're looking to close budget deficits or to subsidize pet projects. …

Doomed plan to tax online retailers

Gov. Charlie Baker wants Massachusetts to join a handful of other states in a doomed effort to pass an extraterritorial taxing scheme that the U.S. Supreme Court has …

Massachusetts would be smart to streamline tobacco laws

As in most other states, Massachusetts lawmakers’ approach to tobacco products long has been to encourage an ever-growing proliferation of rules limiting what residents can buy and what …

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