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Will Deval Patrick's $1.9 Billion Tax Hike Pass?

The governor is optimistic but state legislators don't sound so sure. What do you think?

 

Gov. Deval Patrick is still bullish about his budget proposal, which will raise $1.9 billion in new revenue through an increase in the income tax, decrease in the sales tax, and various other changes to taxes, fees and deductions. But the men and women who have to pass the bill don't sound as eager to support a package many see as a politically damaging measure.

The Boston Herald quotes several Beacon Hill legislators who sounded notes of caution and outright opposition to the budget. Those quoted cited the 1990 election losses in the wake of an income tax increase, pressure on small businesses and the higher price of gas as reasons they were skeptical. And the governor's new Web tools touting proposed transportation and education projects in specific political districts haven't done much to warm the waters, according to the Herald.

What do you think? Is the governor's budget dead on arrival, or does he have a shot at getting it passed? Would you pass this budget if you were a state senator? Does the state need the additional revenue or should it learn to live with the money it already collects? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

CP March 03, 2013 at 10:04 PM
No this increase should not pass. We have a lot of waste to find and get rid of before that happens. I already do most shopping over the border in NH and won't have a problem moving there if taxes keep skyrocketing. When Obamacare hits I may move anyway unless Mass opts out. Private sector is already moving to drop spouse coverage under this idiotic bill. Wait til that kicks in and those spouses have to go purchase individual insurance with higher premiums than this year.
Carrie March 03, 2013 at 10:48 PM
Won't Obama's healthcare plan make it easier on Massachusetts' healthcare plan because now the feds will run it instead of us. It should. If sales taxes are cut to 4.5 percent that will keep more people shopping here rather than going up there. I hope they find a way to pass that part of it. It will helps Mass businesses.
Sean Segreve March 04, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Id love to see bridges and roads fixed, unfortunatley only a fraction of our money goes to the right use. Im all for paying for things i need but i would ask this Gov of ours to first show us where all of our money is going/has gone before he comes back asking for more
Pat Brown March 04, 2013 at 02:42 PM
The Governor's proposed transportation spending is on pages 17,18 and 19 here: http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/Portals/0/docs/infoCenter/docs_materials/TheWayForward_Jan13.pdf The Governor proposes $430 million for bicycle/pedestrian projects, in addition to the $1.25 billion for the multi-modal highway program, which itself includes bicycle and pedestrian accommodations in roadway projects. The Governor's $3.8 billion commitment to passenger rail is, amazingly, entitled "Unlocking Economic Growth in the Commonwealth." There is not one single project in the Economic Growth category besides passenger rail. There is no estimate of revenues or maintenance costs for these projects. Somehow the Governor's proposal omits any mention of the MBTA's $8 billion debt. I infer that the Commonwealth will not assume this debt directly, but will subsidize the cost of debt service by increasing registration fees by $53, increasing the licensing fee by $86, and increasing MBTA fares by %5 (page 31) to cover the annual $140 million operating deficit at the MBTA. The Governor's proposal makes no effort to prune costs by making tough choices, or even easy choices. Instead, he assumes that because we have created MassDOT that's all the reform we could possibly expect, and he has a green light to raise revenue without limit. I disagree.
Hera March 04, 2013 at 04:42 PM
Most of us spend so much time coming up with reasons of overspending, 2% salary increase, Cadillac, etc. I bet these are only the tip of iceberg made public, the rest is deep of water level our eye can see. The generation of patriots is gone... we are left with a bunch of self-interest politicians to choose from. They are our gift to our children's future. p.s. I can't believe Obama is not taxing Facebook billionaire just to return a favor of campaign contribution Zuckerberg made to Obama. And I voted for Obama!!!

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