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Will Patrick's $1.9 Billion Tax Hike Pass?

The governor's optimistic but state legislators don't sound so sure. What do you think?

 

Governor Deval Patrick's still bullish about his budget proposal, which will raise $1.9 billion in new revenue through an increase in the income tax, decrease in the sales tax, and various other changes to taxes, fees and deductions. But the men and women who have to pass the bill don't sound as eager to support a package many see as a politically-damaging measure.

The Boston Herald quotes several Beacon Hill legislators who sounded notes of caution to outright opposition to the budget. Those quoted cited the 1990 election losses in the wake of an income tax increase, pressure on small businesses and the higher price of gas as reasons they were skeptical. And the governor's new web tools touting proposed transportation and education projects in specific political districts hasn't done much to warm the waters, according to the Herald.

What do you think? Is the governor's budget dead on arrival, or does he have a shot at getting it passed? Would you pass this budget if you were a state senator? Does the state need the additional revenue or should it learn to live with the money it already collects? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

Tyler Jozefowicz March 05, 2013 at 03:14 AM
Bob TB: first of all there was no lie. Second, the Massachusetts voters would rather concentrate on issues that effect them ; they did , and voted for Senator Warren over the pretty boy. You really think a phony , fabricated heritage issue would carry the day? issues count over coats, trucks, autographs and hand shaking outside a Bruins game.
Brandon March 05, 2013 at 03:25 AM
Usually the politicians wait til they are in office to lie. She came out of the gate doing it. Good job Massachusetts.
Tyler Jozefowicz March 05, 2013 at 03:27 AM
stevieB: " People like Tyler take..."? I work , dude. None of your junk applies. Speaking of takers , mean the 47% Romney takers? Include Social Security and Medicare, military pensions, corporate welfare. business lunches as a tax deduction. steak and scotch for you businessmen? If you don't never get to the 47%. Agree, though, scrutinize the stamps. Unfortunate part is the 75% on medicaid are kids 12 and under. Orphanages? willing to pay for foster care and orphanages? Follow through on your logic. Heard the complaints for decades , with no intelligent next steps. let's hear some without going off subject too much, stevie.
Tyler Jozefowicz March 05, 2013 at 03:37 AM
Wind: what is the $30 an hour tax free . There are plenty of $7/hour minimum wage jobs in the service industry. Explain the $30 you referenced . maybe if the minimum wage was made a living wage , a lot would opt for work rather than welfare. If on the other hand , it's everyone for themselves , just say so. Most on welfare are kids, disabled, elderly in nursing homes. Dukakis took able bodied males off the roles decades ago. lower the Title 8s and Food Stamps , BUT eliminate the corporate loopholes and wealthy deductions, up the minimum wage . Deal?
Wind Dummy 25 March 05, 2013 at 04:01 AM
I'm in the middle of a long lengthy report for my business, but I will send you this Tyler. Be it known by me anyway, I and many I know in business, do not support corporate welfare. I'll DEAL when the intensives for business to employ and we are able have to offer skilled workers employment and hire freely, returns again? That is a slippery slope BTW. Do not confuse entry level wages with minimum wage. It's a loser of an idea. Ask any kid looking for part time work this summer. Or college interns looking to begin their careers. And if you look at the situation a little closer. Someone didn't get the Dukes memo. It's official. Taxpayers are no longer simply helping the poor, they're subsidizing the lives of welfare recipients at a better rate than their own. The Senate Budget Committee has released a report showing households living below the poverty line and receiving welfare payments are raking in the equivalent of $168 per day in benefits which come in the form of food stamps, housing, childcare, healthcare and more. The median household income in 2011 was $50,054, totaling $137.13 per day. The worst part? Welfare payments are equivalent to making $30 per hour for 40 hours a week. The median wage for non-welfare recipients is $25 per hour but because they pay taxes, unlike welfare recipients, the wage is bumped down to $21 per hour. From the report: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2012/12/07/poor_households_getting_168_in_welfare_per_day_from_taxpayers

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