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TAXING MATTERS AWAIT AS HOUSE PREPS FOR BUDGET DEBATE

By Andy Metzger

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, APRIL 20, 2017....The annual state budget, on track to weigh in north of $40 billion, will be built on the expectation of roughly $27 billion in tax revenue - but state reps on both sides of the aisle are hoping to tinker with that figure upwards and downwards.

Lawmakers in recent years have opted against lengthy, impassioned debates on tax policy changes, but the pending tax amendments provide plenty of fodder should state representatives wish to engage each other in an environment marked by rising state spending and sluggish growth in tax revenues.


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