The governor has an ambitious agenda he’s like to complete in his last two years in office.
Governor Patrick is proposing more spending in areas like the state’s transportation system and education.
Those plans require additional funding.
Among the funding sources the governor is reportedly considering is an increase in the 5.25 percent state income tax.
Massachusetts has a flat tax rate while other surrounding states have state income tax rates that vary according to income levels.
So while some in other states pay higher income tax rates than Massachusetts any tax increase is a tough sell in the Bay State. Nicole Lussier of Westfield is one of those who are concerned about a tax hike,”I think it’s hard, I think most people live paycheck to paycheck and having an increase in our taxes, would be really hard on most people,” says Lussier.
Sofia Chlastawa has concerns as well,”I already pay enough, half of my paycheck is missing, 200 dollars at least I pay in taxes per paycheck and I have rent to pay for, I pay for college, I pay for books , gas money, my car insurance is expensive I have other things to pay for,” says Chlastawa.
Others like Michael Marsille say there is a need for additional spending and would support an increase in the state income tax with a stipulation,”I would say I would be more supportive if it’s temporary like we did once before, when we had an economic need, rather than a permanent increase but I do think the way the tax revenues have been down the last several years it’s important to maintain the infrastructure, if it’s necessary than I would definitely support it,” says Marsille.
The Patrick administration says that by increasing the state income tax from 5.25 to 5.6 percent , it would raise an additional one billion dollars annually.