Key lawmakers seek tax code review, revenue discussion

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Taxes are back in the conversation at the Massachusetts statehouse as lawmakers and advocates hunt for more money to pay for education and improvements in transportation.

Senate President Karen Spilka says she plans to form a working group to study the state’s tax code, which some have criticized as being too regressive. Spilka tells The Boston Globe the group will consist of policy experts, academics and business leaders, and could take up to two years to conduct its review.

Some legislators, meanwhile, are hinting at revisiting the gas tax or creating other new revenue dedicated to transportation infrastructure and reducing traffic congestion.

Supporters of a surtax on the state’s wealthiest earners have launched a new campaign for the so-called millionaire tax. But the earliest it could land before voters is 2022.

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