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Waltham Lawmaker Plans Careful Consideration of Proposed Taxes

State Rep. Thomas Stanley, D-Waltham, says he won't have a "kneejerk" reaction to proposed tax increases.

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. 

Ann Murphy January 24, 2013 at 09:03 PM
Glad to see that Rep. Stanley will take a thoughtful approach to considering any increase in taxes. It is beyond comprehension that the Governor would propose such a huge hit to taxpayers without giving any effort to find cuts, waste and inefficiencies.
JohnnyMass January 27, 2013 at 02:05 PM
This latest round of tax increases will pass, because the House and Senate Democrats will rubber-stamp anything that King Deval proposes. Few (if any) have the guts to step out of line. I haven't forgotten, either, that Stanley wouldn't let the gay marriage issue get to the voters (where it would have rightfully crashed and burned)!
JohnnyMass January 27, 2013 at 02:05 PM
This latest round of tax increases will pass, because the House and Senate Democrats will rubber-stamp anything that King Deval proposes. Few (if any) have the guts to step out of line. I haven't forgotten, either, that Stanley wouldn't let the gay marriage issue get to the voters (where it would have rightfully crashed and burned)!

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