Patrick Unveils 2015 Budget Plan For Mass.

January 22, 2014 10:30 PM
Patrick Unveils 2015 Budget Plan For Mass.
" BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick delivered his final state budget plan to Beacon Hill lawmakers Wednesday, a $36.4 billion proposal that would increase spending by 4.9 percent over the current budget.

Patrick said his blueprint for the fiscal year starting in July seeks to expand early education, help close the achievement gap in schools, ensure affordable health care and address violence among young people and in urban areas.

“I’m proud of this budget,” Patrick told reporters. “It’s a good budget. It’s a sensible budget.”

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Patrick opted not to revive a plan from last year’s budget proposal that sought to hike the state’s income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent, coupled with a reduction in the sales tax from 6.25 percent to 4.5 percent to help pay for long-term transportation needs.

Lawmakers rejected the proposal, adopting instead a 3 cent-per-gallon hike in the gasoline tax and a $1-per-pack cigarette tax increase "

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