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?

Kevin January 16, 2013 at 07:39 PM
This is the same Deval Patrick that raised the sales tax rate by 25% then had the nerve to pat himself on the back for putting a small fraction of that extra sales tax money in the rainy day fund and credited good financial management on his part.
Marty Barrett January 16, 2013 at 08:14 PM
I'd be curious about where the money for the casino licenses has gone. $4.4 million. where'd that go??
Matt January 16, 2013 at 09:26 PM
You mean you guys don't think people will want to take a train ride to beautiful down town New Bedford . I'm shocked LOL
bluefish January 17, 2013 at 02:47 AM
If, and I mean If, the Governor tried to find the fraud in our state Welfare system, then perhaps he could close that deficit ? Until the sate audits the Welfare system, not one tax-payer should have to pay another increase, simply put !
Ellen January 17, 2013 at 09:28 PM
He's raising the income taxes,because there not getting enough on sales tax,da'h cause the economy is horrible,so once again put your hands in the workers pocket,what else do you expect he dosnt balance a budget just like a democrate buy today and pay later because he wont be in office for the sunami,just like obama,they dont care there crushing American families they lie the state house supports the lie,and those who lie to get something for no work vote them into office.


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