Local lawmakers generally supported DeLeo’s statement about taxes, which was a blow to Gov. Deval Patrick’s plan to raise $260 million by raising a levy on cigarettes, and ending the sales tax exemption on candy and soda.
“People just can’t afford more taxes, and it’s not the time. It’s never the time in my opinion,” state Rep. Ryan Fattman, R-Sutton, said.
Rep. James Vallee, D-Franklin, said the message of no new taxes and fees would show voters the state was living within its budget.
“For us to send a consistent message to the business leaders and our constituents that we are going to live within our means, I think that’s the right message and right approach to balancing our budget,” Vallee said.
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