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Patrick proposes $34.8b budget

Claiming a full-throated liberal mandate for the final years of his tenure, Governor Deval Patrick ­unveiled a $34.8 billion budget proposal Wednesday that reveals even more tax hikes than he proposed last week, increases spending across state government, and ­includes no significant cuts.

Patrick’s annual blueprint represents his most aggressive attempt yet to shift the tax burden to middle and upper-income earners and pour money into the types of programs that first stirred him to seek the corner office in 2006.

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