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Patrick Looks to Raise $1 Billion in Income Taxes

Money would help pay to improve transportation system and education in the commonwealth.

Governor Deval Patrick is expected to propose $1 billion in new taxes to help pay to improve the state’s transportation system and expand early education programs, reported The Boston Globe.

Patrick is expected to announce the plan at his State of the Commonwealth speech Wednesday night.

The plan is to increase the state income tax from 5.25 percent to 5.66 percent, which would raise $1 billion. Patrick’s plan would also need to raise other taxes and fees to pay for the spending increases of $1.5 billion next year and $2 billion annually after that, according to The Globe.

What do you think of the governor's proposal? Do you support raising taxes to fund these programs?

Dennis Naughton January 16, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Kudos to Governor Patrick for refusing to kick the can down the road on public transportation and public education. No doubt the media will focus on the "raising taxes" aspect of the governor's plan as opposed to the improving services. Massachusetts public schools have been #1 in the country for years. That needs to be maintained, but the real emphasis has to be on early childhood education. The governor recognizes that. As far as public transportation is concerned, the infrastructure needs to be maintained and expanded in the public interest. The benefits of the governor's proposal is where the media should focus, and would if they took a responsible leadership position.
L January 16, 2013 at 03:51 PM
SCOTT BROWN for GOVERNOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dennis Naughton January 16, 2013 at 04:37 PM
We all pay taxes for public services, and should. But some, like the anonymous writer above, can't grasp the idea of paying his/her fair share toward toward the good of community (Commonwealth). Like children, such people think only of themselves. Sadly, it is this selfishness, combined with the cowardice of the media and many politicians in refusing to share the facts of life with the public, that will bring the country down in the long run.
L January 16, 2013 at 06:48 PM
I would love to take care of other children, but I really need to take care of my own, Why is that selfish (I need every penny I make)? I have taken public transportation in Boston since I was 15 years and yes! it needs to be updated and the tremendous increase last July hit many commuters very hard in their pockets. I would propose a gas tax and leave the poor HARD working peoples incomes alone and in their pockets. I am sure it is easy to want to give it all away when you are in a different tax bracket but those of us that are not makes it very hard let it go. People have to eat!!!
Dennis Naughton January 16, 2013 at 07:05 PM
The problem with a gas tax is that everybody pays the same amount, regardless of income. It's regressive. The income tax is no prize either, since it is proportional and not progressive, but at least people pay more money if they make more, even though we all pay the same percent.
L January 16, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Yes but not everyone drives themselves to work everyday. That is why people take public transportation to save money to live and eat. The bottom line is that we are in a recession and times are tough for many many families. We are are just getting over the approx 80 dollars less a month out of our salaries (which was expected to end any way) and now there is talk about an increase in income tax. Please sir I cannot justifiy this tax increase at this time of hardship. Maybe you are one of the lucky ones who can and good luck and God bless you...
Dennis Naughton January 16, 2013 at 10:14 PM
I sympathize with your concerns, but please keep in mind that kids in school don't get a do over once they miss out on something because of a lack of resources. Massachusetts taxes are pretty low compared to many other states.
Dennis Naughton January 17, 2013 at 12:50 AM
@L----Please tune in to the governor's State of the State address--underway right now. Did you know that he is proposing to lower the sales tax?
Christina January 17, 2013 at 02:29 PM
http://pioneerinstitute.org/better_government/transportation-statement-jim-stergios/

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