Tax Revenues

Dwight Sipler

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is renewing his push for new revenues to pay for transportation and education initiatives, while acknowledging concerns about his plan to raise the state income tax.

The tax changes proposed by the governor, aimed at raising nearly $2 billion in the fiscal year starting July 1, have so far received a lukewarm reception from legislative leaders on Beacon Hill.

A northern New York county is struggling to keep it’s budget under the tax cap, while a neighboring county is reporting sales tax revenues that will help them stay under the cap.

Essex County officials are considering a local law to override the state mandated 2-percent tax cap.  Town of Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava says they would have to hold two votes to actually block the cap.