Governor Patrick just delivered a pre-release to legislators of his 2010 local aid numbers. The Governor’s budget for 2010 keeps Chapter 70 level.
A proposal to raise the personal income tax exemption and simultaneously raise the rate — so as to make the income tax more progressive — has merit, but it is not politically viable at this time.
An outline of the financial issues that will be front and center throughout the coming legislative session.
Most feedback to me has been overwhelmingly supportive of the gas tax — simple, fairer than high tolls, environmentally sound, definitely needed, a broad-based mechanism to fund a broadly-used commonwealth asset.
A conversation is developing about the gas tax and also about how to protect low and middle-income tax payers from additional financial stress.
Observations about where Massachusetts stands in the crisis, how the state is responding, and how the cuts affects our local communities.