The front pages of today’s local dailies almost – but don’t quite – say it all in their coverage of a looming tax hike in Massachusetts.
The Boston Globe’s Page One (via the Newseum’s Today’s Front Pages) appears measured and slightly left of center, as usual:
The report itself is equally straightforward:
Patrick favors income tax hike
Broad-based levy vital to transit, education plans
Governor Deval Patrick is set to propose an increase in the state income tax as part of a multi pronged plan to raise new revenue for transportation and education, said a person with direct knowledge of the governor’s plan.
Patrick is expected to unveil the plan, at least in part, in his annual State of the Commonwealth speech Wednesday night. Many in and around state government said he is targeting the income tax because it is the only tax that would bring in enough money to fund his ambitious transportation and education agendas.
Those proposals, which he began rolling out this week, call for $1.5 billion in additional spending next year and $2 billion in annual spending in future years to shore up the state’s transportation system and expand early education programs.
Boosting the income tax from the current rate of 5.25 percent to 5.66 percent would raise $1 billion annually, according to a menu of revenue options the Patrick administration released Monday. The remainder of Patrick’s proposals could be funded through other fees or taxes.
The Boston Herald’s Page One (via ditto) is something else entirely:
The coverage itself is equally hyperventilating.
As indicated above, there are three – count ’em, three – columnists on the case, starting with Joe Battenfeld and Howie Carr in this double-barreled spread:
Cut to Michael Graham’s piece on the op-ed page to complete the chinstroker trifecta.
But wait – there’s also this editorial and this editorial cartoon:
Before you say anything, that’s exactly how that cartoon appears on the feisty local tabloid’s website.
Just like the Herald, eh? Never the full picture.