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Lawmakers Advance Income Surtax to 2022 Ballot

Republican Sen. Bruce Tarr (left) and Democrat Sen. Jason Lewis, who each debated opposite sides of the surtax question in the House Chamber on Wednesday, chat with each other as they walk back to their offices in the East Wing after the Constitutional Convention gaveled out for the day. [Sam Doran/SHNS]

With a vote of the House and Senate Wednesday afternoon, the Massachusetts Legislature effectively kicked off a year-and-a-half-long ballot campaign around the proposed constitutional amendment to increase taxes on the wealthy and move away from the state's flat income tax rate structure.

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