OTIS, Mass. (WWLP) - Governor Deval Patrick and the legislature are at odds over how much new revenue the state should raise through taxes.
It's a matter of how much money to raise and what projects are a priority.
Get ready, taxes in Massachusetts are going up. The question is, by how much.
Governor Deval Patrick and the state legislature have laid out two very different proposals.
The House and Senate have proposed raising $500 million dollars in new revenue through things like the gas tax and tobacco products. Compare that to the Governor's proposal of raising $2 billion in new revenue.
"I understand this is hard but there is such a thing as too small," Patrick said.
Governor Deval Patrick says he's concerned major projects in Western Massachusetts won't happen under the legislature's plan.
"People in Springfield for example are going to have to pay more in taxes and not get the I-91 viaduct replaced and imagine if that doesn't happen. That is an essential economic artery and an important part of the commonwealth," Patrick said.
Legislators say the Governor's plan would slow our state's economic recovery.
The House is expected to vote on the plan next week and leaders say they expect no further tax increases will be added to the budget that takes effect July first.