Gov. Deval Patrick today launched an aggressive campaign to win passage of new local taxes on meals and telecommunications companies that he says would relieve pressure on sky-high residential property taxes.
The governor held a press conference with about two dozen Bay State mayors to argue that passage of his proposals is critical to short-circuiting average annual property tax hikes of 50 percent statewide.
“Increasing pressures on residential property taxes are squeezing seniors and many others?out of their homes,” Patrick said. “It has become a crisis, and we have filed a bill to help address it.”
Some of us have wondered if, when, and with whom Patrick was going to pick fights. This is a good one for him: He’s right on the facts, and he’s got powerful people on the ground supporting him. And really, legislators want to escape the blame from bar and restaurant owners who won’t be happy about the potential meals taxes. This should be taken as an invitation by Patrick to let him take the heat. And that’s OK — he’ll get the credit for helping stabilize local finances, too.