Patrick: We Need to Increase Income Tax to Invest in Our Future

Tell us: do you think we need to increase taxes to strengthen education and transportation?

In his State of the Commonwealth address on Wednesday night, Gov. Deval Patrick proposed raising the state's income tax by 1 percentage point and lowering the sales tax to pay for $2 billion in transportation improvements and early childhood education programs. 

"There is no good time to raise taxes. I know how tough the times have been on the people and families of the Commonwealth. And though the worst of the recession is over, many, many families still face tough decisions and have deep anxiety about the future. I would not ask if I did not believe in my heart that investing meaningfully today in education and transportation will significantly improve our economic tomorrows," Patrick said.

Patrick said he wanted a more fair and comprehensive tax system that lowers the sales tax to 4.5 percent and raises the income tax to 6.25 percent. He added that he wants the proceeds to be dedicated to a public works fund that will support the transportation plan. 

"Under my plan, sales tax proceeds would be off limits for any other purpose," Patrick said.

To make the burden lighter on those who make less money, the governor said he'd like to double the personal exemptions and eliminate a number of itemized deductions.

The proposed tax hike seeks to pay for $2 billion in education and transportation improvement the governor wants.

The education spending would include funding high-quality early education and K-12 education, investment in public colleges and universities, and the re-invigoration of the MassGrants scholarship program.

For transportation improvements, the governor envisions "a bus or subway that came on time, was safe and comfortable and ran until a student at UMass Boston or a worker in a downtown tower finished up at 1 or 2 in the morning." He also spoke of faster commuter rails, a Green Line that went to Medford, commuter lines that reached the western part of the state and an improved highway system. 

"The people we work for want the schools I have described; they want the rail and road services we have laid out; and above all they want the opportunity and growth these investments will bring. We on their behalf have choices to make. I choose growth," Patrick said.

What do you think? Is the choice between higher taxes and growth, and lower taxes and stagnation? Do you support the tax increase? Tell us in the comments below.

Southpaw March 01, 2013 at 07:12 PM
I heard (on the news) what you heard. No one said anything about "...roughly 7,700...." Mike should know this...if he watches the news. P.S. we should get rid of welfare, period, IMO. Sick of these leeches.
Southpaw March 01, 2013 at 07:16 PM
So what? Is that supposed to make people feel good? He wants to raise every other tax he can think of. Love the proposed "mileage" tax....yeah, let's make people PAY for driving their own car that they bought with their own money. WTF? The guy's a jack a**. He won't be happy until he drives the middle class into the ground.
Southpaw March 01, 2013 at 07:19 PM
He's Obama's buddy. They want to give everything away to the ones who don't deserve it and make us pay for it. Illegals should get NOTHING from us. They should also be sent back where they came from....right back under the rock they crawled out of.
John Intorcio March 01, 2013 at 07:21 PM
>>> Is that because they have increased your 401k by 400% this month? Can I get in on this? My 401k is not doing anywhere near that well.
Southpaw March 01, 2013 at 07:21 PM
President? I shudder the thought. Can't imagine anyone would vote for this jack a**. I will pray he can't even make it to the ballot. Would love to punch that smirk off his face....that he wears all the time.


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