Patrick Continues Call For Tax On Soda, Candy In Massachusetts, Despite House Speaker’s Opposition

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick says he’s not fazed by comments from House Speaker Robert DeLeo ruling out any new taxes in the state’s next budget.
Governor Patrick has renewed his call to expand the sales tax to cover candy and soda. However, in a speech to House members, Speaker DeLeo said his chamber would pass a balanced budget without raising taxes or fees. On a visit to Springfield Tuesday, Patrick said he intends to press on, calling the speaker’s comments just part of the negotiating process.

“We make our very best proposal, and then the House gets their turn, and then the Senate gets their turn and then we all work it out. And we’ll see where it lands. I think that there are lots and lots of public policy reasons and public health reasons why sugar soda and candy should be…should not be exempt from sales tax.” Patrick said

The House and Senate Ways and Means committees are holding hearings on the governor’s budget proposal for the fiscal year that starts in July. Both chambers are scheduled to release their budget recommendations in the spring.