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INCOME SURTAX CLEARS MAJOR HURDLE, BUT LEGAL CHALLENGE LIKELY

By Andy Metzger

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JUNE 14, 2017....For the second year in a row Massachusetts lawmakers on Wednesday endorsed a proposal to extract an estimated $2 billion from the state's roughly 20,000 highest earners, setting up a 2018 ballot question campaign, a legal dispute in the state's highest court, or both.

Rep. Jay Kaufman, a Lexington Democrat and House chairman of the Revenue Committee, said establishing a 4 percent surtax on incomes over $1 million would give Massachusetts a fairer system of government funding and inject money into public education and transportation.


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