sales tax

Senators seek counsel at Mattapan forum

Presented with a sheet of paper asking “What Would You Do?” and listing potential areas to cut in the state budget – education, health care, the environment, public safety – Alisa Ritchie balked.

A Dorchester resident who attended state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz’s Saturday budget forum in Mattapan, Ritchie kept looking over the sheet of paper. Put together by Chang-Diaz’s office, it was meant as an exercise and noted at the top that the state was facing a budget gap between $2 billion to $5 billion for the fiscal year that starts on July 1.  Read more

Dot's reps united in backing sales tax

The Dorchester delegation in the state House of Representatives joined the majority of their colleagues this week in support of hiking the sales tax to 6.25 percent from 5 percent, as Gov. Deval Patrick threatened to pull out his veto pen unless his tax and reform measures are taken up instead.

Members of the delegation added to the final vote of 108 to 51, helping secure a veto-proof majority. The all-Democratic delegation includes Reps. Willie Mae Allen, Linda Dorcena Forry, Gloria Fox, Marie St. Fleur, Brian Wallace and Marty Walsh.  Read more