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March 5, 2013

Legislators make pledge to press for more state aid

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“I told the governor that I would keep an open mind but I will tell you that the income tax tends to cause a bit of concern shall we say amongst the electorate,” DeLeo said during an interview that aired Sunday morning on WCVB’s “On the Record” program.

DeLeo said he knew that Patrick was thinking about an income tax hike but said he was surprised that the governor sought to raise that tax a full point, saying he thought Patrick would propose raising it to 5.5 percent or 5.75 percent. While committing to advancing transportation financing legislation, DeLeo identified only two funding priorities that he said must be dealt with - a $140 million budget gap facing the MBTA and the state’s practice of using borrowing to pay $250 million in annual transportation employee salaries.

Noting that MBTA officials last week said they’d squeeze $15 million in new savings out of their budget, DeLeo also said, “We have to do more of that.”

Material from the State House News Service was used in this report.

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