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Economists Support Governor’s Tax Plan

Gov. Deval Patrick speaks at a news conference at the Statehouse in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. Patrick unveiled his proposed $34.8 billion state budget, which includes a hike in the income tax rate, from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent, and a sales tax cut, from 6.25 percent to 4.5 percent. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Gov. Deval Patrick speaks at a news conference at the Statehouse in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. Patrick unveiled his proposed $34.8 billion state budget, which includes a hike in the income tax rate, from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent, and a sales tax cut, from 6.25 percent to 4.5 percent. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

A group of 57 local economists has signed a letter backing Governor Deval Patrick’s revenue-raising plan to fund $1.9 billion dollars’ worth of education and transport upgrades.

This latest endorsement comes after the Governor’s proposals met with resistance last week from House Speaker Robert DeLeo, who called for a much more moderate revenue package.

Guest

Barry Bluestone, director of the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University.


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