New England News
6:59 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Debate Over Tax Hikes Expected On Beacon Hill

Battle lines are being drawn on Beacon Hill for a fight over taxes.

A coalition of progressive activists and unions, called  the Campaign for Our Communities is pushing for an increase in the state’s income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 5.95 percent that would raise $2 billion annually. The coalition’s Andi Mullin said the rate increase would be coupled with a  large increase in the personal exemption.

Citizens for Limited Taxation points out voters in 2000 approved a roll back of the income tax rate to 5 percent, but the legislature blocked it. Legislative leaders say they’ll carefully review Gov. Patrick’s tax and spending plans.