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Tax plan adds fairness to system, Patrick argues

For about 50 percent of residents, the plan unveiled by Governor Deval Patrick on Wednesday night would mean a tax hike. But Patrick argues that there will be a new element of fairness in the system by pushing more of the tax burden onto higher-income earners and reducing it for those earning less, a long-held liberal goal.

Patrick has proposed a $1.9 billion tax increase to pay for an ambitious agenda. Elements of the plan include hiking the state income tax from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent, while also lowering the sales tax from 6.25 percent to 4.5 percent.

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