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Massachusetts votes no on Question 1

Associated Press | 11/5/2008, 3:46 a.m.

For Roxbury resident Mavis Childrins, public transportation was a major consideration.

“I don’t have a car and I depend on the T to take me everywhere I need to go,” she said. “I voted against [Question 1] because the T is already bad enough service and it would just get worse with the state income tax being cut.”

Outside the Tobin center, Robert Franklin, a firefighter from Jamaica Plain, handed out fliers about the work of firefighters to voters exiting the polls. He said that passing Question 1 would affect his coworkers.

“I don’t want Question 1 to even happen,” he said. “Forty percent of our men would lose their jobs. What is wrong with that picture?”

Opposition was likewise strong at the Woodrow Wilson School in Dorchester.

Nick Smith, a 25-year-old political organizer and registered Democrat, said he was concerned about the impact of the state facing “a $12.7 billion loss of revenue.”

“It’s going to affect us,” said Smith, a Dorchester resident. “Boston Medical Center, police, teachers — they’re all funded by income taxes. Everyone takes a hit.”

The specter of that hit was the main reason that Diamond Roberts voted no on Question 1 at Boston Middle School Academy on McLellan Street in Dorchester.

“We’re low-income,” said Roberts, 23, who traveled to the polls with her nephew David, 2, and niece Danaya, 4. “We need a little bit more of what we’re getting.”

Some who cast ballots at the academy, however, wanted government to take a little bit less. For his part, Anthony Williams voted to repeal the income tax. The 26-year-old Comcast employee said he believes state government doesn’t use tax revenues wisely.

“Everybody wants to know where their money is going,” he said.

Union carpenter Craig Ransom, on the other hand, wanted to know it was going toward strengthening the Commonwealth’s financial future — and on Tuesday night, seven in 10 Massachusetts voters sided with him.

“[Question 1] recklessly endangers the fate of our state economy,” said Ransom, 45, of Dorchester.

The Local 40 member had some advice for proponents of passing Question 1: “If you don’t want to pay income taxes, move to New Hampshire.”

Daniela Caride contributed to this report. Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.