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To the Legislature: Stand your ground

Last January, Governor Patrick announced a budget proposal for 2014 that would increase state taxes annually by $1.9 billion for the purpose of funding an “investment” in “education, innovation, and infrastructure.” The governor also recommended a number of tax changes, which, he says, would provide for “a more progressive, equitable and transparent tax structure.”

The governor’s proposal to cut the sales tax rate from 6.25 percent to 4.50 percent and to increase the income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent would have roughly offsetting effects on revenue. The new $1.9 billion in revenue would come mainly from the elimination of a billion dollars’ worth of income tax exemptions, from an increase in the tax on tobacco and from increases in business taxes.

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