Governor Deval Patrick increased the political pressure on state legislators to back his $1.9 billion tax plan to invest in education and transportation Wednesday with a roll-out of an online map that allows constituents to see the impact the spending would have on their districts.
The map, which outlines for people the proposed education spending and transportation projects for each of their communities, is broken down by the state’s 200 House and Senate districts.
Patrick made clear at a State House press conference that the online map — which can be accessed on the state website — was intended to give constituents ammunition to lobby lawmakers for the proposals.
He brushed aside the notion that such tactics could alienate the lawmakers at a time when he needs their support for his sweeping plan, which includes raising the state income tax from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent and lowering the sales tax from 6.25 percent to 4.5 percent.
“They work for the public just like I do,’’ the governor said. “The public is going to have to speak up. They are going to have to say to the legislators the same thing they are saying to me, which is, we want this, we get it. And we are going to have to make the case to them of the wisdom of making these investments.”
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