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Framingham Taxpayers Association sponsoring forum on governor's tax proposals

Posted by Tom Coakley  April 10, 2013 03:18 PM

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A local taxpayers group is holding a forum on Gov. Deval Patrick's proposed tax increases this weekend.

The Framingham Taxpayers Association is sponsoring what it calls a public information meeting Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Costin Room of Framingham Public Library at 49 Lexington St.

Guest speakers include Framingham Democartic State Rep. Chris Walsh, Citizens for Limited Taxation Director Chip Faulkner, and Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance Executive Director Paul Craney. Each guest will have 15 minutes to speak on their positions. There will be time for audience questions.

Framingham Taxpayers Association Chairman Enzo Rotatori will moderate.

Rotatori said the event was a response to the governor's campaign to pass the increases. In January, Patrick proposed a 1 percent hike in the state income tax while lowering the sales tax in order raise $1.9 billion a year for transportation and education improvements.

"The governor was sponsoring pro-tax rallies throughout the state," Rotatori said.

Rotatori said he had hoped to have an "even" discussion by having two opponents—Craney and Faulkner, and two supporters of the governor's proposal —Walsh and a representative of the governor—speak on Saturday.

However, Rotatori said he was unable to get book someone from Patrick's office for the event, despite eight attempts made over the past month.

"It's pretty sad," Rotatori said. "I found that greatly disrespectful."

A spokesman for the governor's office declined comment.

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