One of Waltham’s state representatives said he and other lawmakers plans to carefully consider Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposed hikes in several taxes.
“My approach is going to be to take time and read and comprehend all of the governor's proposals," said State Rep. Thomas Stanley, D-Waltham.
Stanley, who also serves as a Waltham City Councilor, said he wants to carefully examine what impacts new taxes would have on public safety, local aid and taxpayers before taking a position on the issue.
“We’re not going to make any kneejerk decisions,” Stanley said.
Patrick’s plans include applying the sales tax to soda, candy and alcohol, which are currently exempt from taxation. He is also calling for a $1 tax hike on tobacco products to $3.51 in taxes per pack of cigarettes. Patrick has also proposed a 1 percent increase in the state income tax to 6.25 percent, a 2 percent decrease in the sales tax to 4.25 and a doubling of the personal exemption to 8,800. Patrick has also proposed regular increases in tolls, MBTA fares and Registry fees. The taxes are part of his larger budget plan, which calls from increases in education and transportation spending.
Changes to any taxes would require approval from lawmakers.