NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Governor Patrick says his tax plan will bring in close to $2 billion dollars in new money to the Commonwealth.
The proposal would increase income tax by one percent, to 6.25% and cut sales tax to 4.5%.
But it would also eliminate several corporate and personal tax deductions and double exemptions.
House Speaker Robert DeLeo says many lawmakers and voters are concerned about the plan as a whole.
Supporters think it's a good way to invest in the Commonwealth's future.
Tony Lechner of South Hadley told 22News, "I'm a teacher and I have kids, I don't mind paying more taxes if it means good schools. "
Gary Green of Westfield disagrees with the tax plan. He told 22News, "He needs to step back and re-hash his thinking and think about. I think he's totally stepping over middle class America."
If passed, the plan would inject new revenue into both education and transportation.