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Patrick’s tax plan has risk, reward

Governor Deval Patrick’s push for a $1.9 billion tax hike last week is a bold — his critics call it overreaching — attempt to go out of office with a final crescendo that will define his record as governor, political observers say.

But the plan also carries with it the risk of failure and potentially builds political peril for his fellow Democrats who, unlike Patrick, will face voters in next year’s election.

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