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Chang-Díaz on Budget: ‘Gutsy and Sensible’

The state senator from Jamaica Plain offered her opinion on Gov. Deval Patrick’s $34.8 billion budget proposal.

 

As the state continues to digest Gov. Deval Patrick’s budget, one local elected  official has called the $34.8 billion proposal “gutsy.”

“Like everyone, I am still digesting the details of the Governor’s proposal," Sonia Chang-Díaz, senator for the 2nd Suffolk District, emailed to Jamaica Plain Patch Friday afternoon. "But in its broad strokes, I think it’s both gutsy and sensible that the Governor is prompting an adult conversation across the Commonwealth about how we pay for the things our communities need and that we know work. It’s much needed.” 

Patrick’s proposal, submitted Jan. 23, asks for an increase in the income tax from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent coupled with a reduction in the sales tax from 6.25 percent to 4.5 percent. It also doubles personal exemptions. 

The budget also calls for a total investment of $6.79 billion in education next year, with $131 million going toward early education, $226 million in Chapter 70 local aid, and $152 million toward making college more affordable and accessible.

Despite the proposed income tax hike, Patrick says that low and modest-income workers will pay less in taxes under his proposal, and only the "more fortunate see a larger increase."

"I do not submit this proposal lightly," he said Jan. 23. "I understand that many households in Massachusetts continue to struggle from the impact of the Great Recession, but I am confident that investing meaningful in education and transportation today will significantly improve and expand job growth and economic opportunity tomorrow."

ann merritt January 28, 2013 at 12:51 PM
Ah yes, "gutsy and sensible". Another scheme by our elitist government overlords, telling the working class what we " need " and how we have to pay for it. To help the children of all ages , go to college? Graduate maybe and do what ? Get a job at the battery company A 123. That Deville gave billions to, then his buddies took the money, declared bankruptcy and sold the technology to China! Hey nice scam. When will we learn. The political elite now live like royalty, raiding our treasure under the guise of " investing" in children, in education, in infrastructure , blah blah blah. We will still have crumbling infrastructure, massive illiteracy, drop outs and crime, while the friends of Deville get the real handouts.
Ajax January 28, 2013 at 02:26 PM
A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man; which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.
Andrea Cherez January 28, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Major investment in education and infrastructure is long overdue. And with Patrick's proposal, the working class does Not have to pay for it! Woohoo!
Rich P January 28, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Good Idea , IN THEORY. However , I feel that we need to add some real energy to the 'reform before revenue' campaign. While I support many of the programs that these taxes are intended to support - I have zero confidence in the government's ability to actually invest our tax dollars efficiently. Seems every week there is another atrocious scandal showing that no one on Beacon hill cares one spec about how tax money is really used. It seems that taxes are so often used to line the pockets of politicians and their families . Look no further that the Chelsea housing creep getting over $350,000 year while the poor families didnt have heat. Maureen Feeney's job just renewed in the dark of night - even the Globe was appalled! The list is endless ....
Rob Allen January 28, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Beauty ... but no brains
Rich P January 28, 2013 at 09:31 PM
RA, I would say she is intelligent, but stuck in a rut of fringe left pandering and no idea how to break away and be a left of center pragmatist. Like so many, zero courage to call people to account for their bad behavior .

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