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Slow rollout of tax hikes raises questions

For two weeks, it seemed like Governor Deval Patrick’s proposed tax hikes might never stop coming.

First, he announced a plan to raise the income tax in his annual State of the Commonwealth speech. The next day, he put a gradual gas tax hike on the table, along with higher transit fares and tolls, and detailed dozens of tax deductions he wants to revoke. News of taxes on candy and soda, with added taxes on cigarettes, were only revealed to be part of his $1.9 billion tax package a week after he introduced it.

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