Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says he will veto a tax and spending plan legislative leaders are ushering through the State House, if it makes it to his desk in its current form.
The legislative plan would raise only a quarter of the $1.9 billion in new revenues the governor says is needed for a strong transportation network and a sound public education system. Patrick says that is shortsighted.
“Above all, the middle class of Massachusetts need better jobs and a stronger economy and needs it sooner rather than later,” Patrick said. “My proposal provides that. The leaders’ does not. The leadership’s proposal is a return to an old way of doing business. It’s the same short-term fiscal shell game that got us unto the Big Dig and the mess that followed.”