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letters | DIVIDE OVER PATRICK’S TAX PROPOSAL

GOP governors’ years of tax cuts dug a fiscal hole

In his Feb. 8 op-ed “Patrick’s plan too ambitious for the times,” Scot Lehigh writes that Governor Patrick’s proposed tax plan “doesn’t reflect the tough choices that tight times require.” However, I would argue that the shortfall in tax revenue to fund necessary transportation infrastructure and maintenance and to adequately fund education is not the result of hard times but rather the result of more than 15 years of Republican governors cutting needed revenues.

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center shows the correlation between recent budget shortfalls and cuts in taxes and other revenue sources in the decade and a half before the first Patrick administration.

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