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Pushing for a more balanced way to fill revenue gap

Joan Vennochi (“A Killins-sized problem with Patrick’s plan,” Op-ed, March 14) attributes getting people out to the State House rally to Governor Patrick, and suggests that the rally was in support of his revenue-raising plan. In fact, we came out to the State House rally this past Tuesday in support of An Act to Invest in Our Communities, cosponsored in the Legislature by Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz and Representative Jim O’Day.

This bill takes an even more more balanced and fairer approach to filling the revenue gap than Patrick’s plan because it raises the tax rate on wealthy investors but provides a targeted exemption for middle-class seniors.

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It also raises the income tax from 5.25 percent to 5.95 percent, while raising the personal exemption.

Since the Campaign for Our Communities, the advocacy group supporting the measure, got folks from 125 diffrent neighborhood, union, and communitiy organizations to the State House rally, let’s give credit where credit is due.

Nancy Goldner

Jamaica Plain

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