Broadside: Mass. House Speaker's view on spending, taxes

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February 20, 2013, 8:08 pm
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(NECN) - In the weeks since Mass. Governor Deval Patrick unveiled his tax and spending plans, phones have been ringing on Beacon Hill, and at least one poll has been taken.

The polly by MassINC for WBUR found voters lean against Patrick's plan by a narrow margin. Those who strongly or somewhat oppose it are 50 percent, while those who strongly or somewhat support it are 42 percent.

Mass. House Speaker Robert DeLeo had a front row seat to Governor Patrick's announcement during the State of the Commonwealth address.

"Let me just say first of all, I like the Governor's priorities in terms of transportation and in terms of education. The next question is, which I'm out there talking to whether it's business folks or people within my district, unions or whoever it may be - advocates - and they're letting me know their opinion in terms of whether they like or dislike the proposal," the Winthrop Democrat said.

However, DeLeo says "it will be a tough sell" when it comes to passing legislation that would increase income taxes in the Bay State.

Watch the attached video for the complete discussion.

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