Patrick has said his proposal will turn out the workers needed to fill the jobs in the state’s increasingly high tech economy, pointing out that about 30,000 children are currently on waiting lists for early education programs in Massachusetts. Patrick also said the state must also lower the financial barriers to higher education.
‘‘Brainpower is our signature economic edge, and failing to invest in that in Massachusetts would be like Texas failing to support the oil industry or Iowa their corn farmers,’’ Patrick told lawmakers. ‘‘If we want growth, we need investment. That new investment will require new revenue.’’