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Gov. Patrick’s Tax Plan Meets Mixed Reviews

Patrick3BOSTON (AP) — Lawmakers are giving mixed reviews to Gov. Deval Patrick’s call to hike the state’s income tax while also cutting the sales tax.

Senate President Therese Murray said she applauded Patrick’s ambition but added the “the devil’s in the details.”

Fellow Democrat, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, said Patrick’s proposal gives lawmakers a lot of food for thought, but said he didn’t think the proposal could pass or fail based just on what Patrick said.

Republicans lawmakers were more critical.

House GOP leader Rep. Brad Jones said Patrick should have proposed the tax hikes when he was running for re-election in 2010. He charged the governor with trying to saddle taxpayers with the cost of what he called “the Deval Patrick legacy project.”

The plan won kudos from progressive groups and unions, including the Massachusetts Teachers Association.

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  • chance68

    Mr. Patrick.. Are people(hundreds of thousands) who receive some sort of government aid going to be having less money to spend? You did say “EVERYONE” and you mentioned no exceptions. It doesn’t seem fair that hard working breadwinners lose money to taxes but welfare and ebt people just keep going along. EVERYONE MEANS EVERYONE NOT JUST THE BREADWINNERS. A reduction in benefits to all the sponges needs to be implemented so your plan means EVERYONE.

  • chance68

    Including single mothers with no means of support from her family,friends,absentee father etc.

    • weasel

      Absolutely. What is an absentee father? Supporting these slime bags is not my responsibility through taxes. Abort or pay your own way through life.

  • weasel

    Here we go again, tax the worker. Yep no Property Tax Relief but a hit and run. He has his spot with Obama and is trying to creat4e a legacy here by digging in your pocket.