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Transportation, higher-ed funding must be addressed

Governor Patrick proposed a $1.9 billion tax increase.


Governor Patrick proposed a $1.9 billion tax increase.

I disagree with Scot Lehigh’s analysis in his Feb. 8 op-ed “Patrick’s plan too ambitious for the times.” Governor Patrick has proposed a sweeping tax plan that addresses two critical issues: transportation and education. The plan proposes that new revenue be dedicated to address problems that have left our state in a no-win position.

The governor and Legislature have the opportunity to develop a plan to address the ever-increasing transportation operating budget deficit, not just for the MBTA but for transportation across the state.

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The plan also proposes addressing the longstanding shortfall for public higher education.

Patrick has said that he knows that the Legislature will not approve everything he has proposed. But the longer it takes our elected officials to implement a plan that addresses the longstanding deficiencies in these areas, the more it will cost taxpayers.

It is time to stop kicking the transportation and higher-education funding deficits down the road.

Paul G. Yorkis


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