State lawmakers on both sides of the aisle were skeptical of the proposals. They sat silently in the legislative chamber last week as Patrick presented his plans. Later, they were more vocal.
“This is about taxpayers funding the Deval Patrick legacy project and quite frankly I don’t think the taxpayers want to or can afford to,” said Rep. Brad Jones, R-North Reading, the House minority leader.
Senate President Therese Murray, D-Plymouth, said the governor “threw long” and held out the possibility of a meeting “somewhere down the road.”
Patrick acknowledged in his address that “there is no good time to raise taxes.” That’s true. But it is particularly bad timing to whack taxpayers with a $1.9 billion bill just as the state is struggling its way out of recession.
Patrick has indeed “thrown long,” but no doubt this is a strategy that will not result in the $1.9 billion tax hike that he seeks.