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Gov. Deval Patrick urges hundreds of supporters to lobby for his tax hike
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Posted on 03/12/2013 3:48:45 PM PDT by matt04

Gov. Deval L. Patrick today urged hundreds of people to lobby state lawmakers in support of his plan to raise taxes by $1.9 billion a year to finance education and transportation improvements.

"Are we prepared to do for the next generation what our grandparents did for us?" Patrick said in an emotional speech in front of about 600 people at the Statehouse.

The Campaign for Our Communities, a coalition in support of the governor's tax plan, held a rally with Patrick as state lawmakers consider the tax plan.

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"When I made this proposal, I said at the outset there was more than one way to accomplish these ends but we should agree these are the right ends. I think the speaker shares these goals very much."

Patrick is seeking to raise the income tax from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent and to lower the sales tax from 6.25 percent to 4.5 percent.

Also, during a hearing by the state Legislature's Joint Committee on Transportation, Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, estimated the state’s transportation needs at $800 million a year.

Widmer said that a 15-cent increase in the state's 23.5-cent-a-gallon gas tax, combined with regular increases in Registry fees and tolls, would provide sufficient funding for the system. “By 2017, you get $821 million,” Widmer said, according to the Statehouse News Service.

(Excerpt) Read more at masslive.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: patrick; taxes
According to GasBuddy, the average price in MA is $3.70/gal. I'm sure Deval will be confused when $3.85/gal gas causes people to drive less and the state doesn't get as much money as thought.
1 posted on 03/12/2013 3:48:45 PM PDT by matt04
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To: matt04

What’s troubling is how many people clap and applaude for this kind of government.


2 posted on 03/12/2013 4:13:01 PM PDT by HarleyD
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To: matt04

In a ‘Progressive’s’ world, there are never any consequences for their actions. They’ll just double down when revenues fall.
Mary Landreau said that we have the lowest tax revenue in history, 16% of GDP. There’s a reason for that, Mary, and it isn’t that tax rates are too low.
It should be known that at the beginning of a dynasty, taxation yields a large revenue from small assessments. At the end of the dynasty, taxation yields a small revenue from large assessments.
‘Abd-ar-Rah.mân Abû Zayd ibn Khaldûn (1332-1406)


3 posted on 03/12/2013 5:29:15 PM PDT by griswold3 (Big Government does not tolerate rivals.)
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