BOSTON (WWLP) — Legislative leaders are taking a hard look at Governor Deval Patrickâ€™s tax reform proposals, which hikes up the income tax, lowers the state sales tax and doubles personal exemptions. House Speaker Robert DeLeo says some of the governorâ€™s tax reforms go too far.
â€śAs we started to review the proposals, there [were] various discussions about elimination of certain deductions, for instance,â€ť said DeLeo. â€śPeople have grave concerns about, you know, the proposal as a whole.â€ť
DeLeo says heâ€™s concerned with aspects of Patrickâ€™s plan, such as measures that eliminate tax deductions on college expenses and mortgages. In Springfield, voters are calling their lawmakers against the tax proposals.
â€śEssentially everybody thatâ€™s contacted me is opposed to it so I think, you know, again, people are hurting,â€ť said Rep. Angelo Puppolo (D-Springfield). â€śPeople are very, very concerned about any tax increases and I think what we need to be is vet them out very, very thoroughly.â€ť
State lawmakers are still undecided on whether they support the tax reforms. Theyâ€™re trying to determine what the overall effect of the proposals will be. State budget hearings will begin next week on Valentineâ€™s Day and until then, lawmakers are keeping an open mind.
â€śAt this point itâ€™s premature for us to rule anything in or anything out until we do our work and due diligence,â€ť said House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Brian Dempsey (D-Haverhill).
Governor Patrickâ€™s tax reforms aim to generate more than two billion dollars in new spending money that will go toward major investments in transportation and education.
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