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The Governor needs help in identifying cuts to the state budget. Where should the cuts come from? Patrick knows that asking for tax increases during a downturn isn't politically prudent. But he's still pining for a telecomm tax that might dampen investment in the Bay State.
“It's a crummy time to ask people for broad-based taxes,” he said. “But I think there's a lot we have to do to demonstrate greater efficiencies and the impact on services before the public will accept broad-based tax increases.”
Patrick has also called on the Legislature to pass legislation to allow municipalities to impose a meals tax as well as collect property taxes from telecommunications companies for poles and wires that run over public ways.
Here are some suggestions:
- Reform the state's prevailing wage law which increases public construction costs bringing more in line with federal Davis Bacon.
- Eliminate the state's film tax credit.
- Reform the state pension system requiring all new hires participation in a defined contribution system.
- Require more municipalities to offer local employee insurance through Group Insurance Commission pool.
- Eliminate — across the board — mandatory police details.
- Increase state employee contribution to health care premiums.
- Eliminate the Governor's Washington outreach office.
- Eliminate the Trade and Tourism Department.
- Postpone subsidies to the biotech industry.