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Politics

State of the Commonwealth

Patrick pushes for income tax hike

Governor Deval Patrick, ­unleashed from the political constraints of a looming election, unveiled a bold plan Wednesday for his last two years in office, proposing to hike the state income tax while slashing the sales tax.

Patrick’s tax package, which also includes a corporate tax ­increase, would raise an additional $1.9 billion annually to pay for a sweeping expansion of the state’s transportation system and major new education programs.

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