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With less than three months before the start of the next fiscal year, Governor Patrick and state lawmakers are battling over how much more the state should invest in transportation infrastructure and mass transit. Most agree the state needs to spend more, but they're at odds over how to pay for it. Patrick would raise the state income tax to 6.25 percent while lowering the sales tax to 4.5 percent as part of a broader plan that includes more money for education. The House and Senate want a 3-cent-per-gallon rise in the gasoline tax, a $1-per-pack increase in the cigarette tax and increases on cigar and smokeless tobacco products, new sales taxes on computer design services and software modifications, and the removal of a tax exemption for utilities, all to generate $500 million. The Senate plan would add another $300 million from other parts of the state budget. Which plan do you like? Cast your vote and leave a comment.
Which of the three transportation spending plans do you prefer, if any?
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