Major League Baseball just introduced a series of rule changes designed to make the game more competitive in an era of changed attention spans and attrition to other sports.
And Gov. Maura Healey just introduced a series of tax reforms designed to make Massachusetts more competitive in an era of high costs and attrition to other states.
MLB is making the bases bigger, hoping to encourage more stolen bases and give players more room to operate and avoid collisions.
Healey's $750 million tax package aims to keep other states from stealing our workers and gives tax credits to parents, renters, seniors, and others who have been fleeing to New Hampshire, Florida, and elsewhere in record numbers.
Healey’s defensive measures include shifting the estate tax exemption cap from $1 million to $3 million and slashing the short-term capital gains tax rate from 12% to 5%, aligning it with the levy applied to long-term capital gains and most other income.
Unfortunately, governors can’t do much in that department. Healey will file her tax package, along with her first state budget, tomorrow, less than two months after she was handed the keys to the corner office.
But it’s now up to our notoriously slow legislators who will no doubt drag deliberations until well past the All-Star Game.