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Gov. Deval Patrick speaks at a news conference at the Statehouse in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. Patrick unveiled his proposed $34.8 billion state budget, which includes a hike in the income tax rate, from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent, and a sales tax cut, from 6.25 percent to 4.5 percent. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Gov. Deval Patrick speaks at a news conference at the Statehouse in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. Patrick unveiled his proposed $34.8 billion state budget, which includes a hike in the income tax rate, from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent, and a sales tax cut, from 6.25 percent to 4.5 percent. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

A group of 57 local economists has signed a letter backing Governor Deval Patrick's revenue-raising plan to fund $1.9 billion dollars' worth of education and transport upgrades.

This latest endorsement comes after the Governor's proposals met with resistance last week from House Speaker Robert DeLeo, who called for a much more moderate revenue package.

Guest

Barry Bluestone, director of the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University.

This segment aired on March 11, 2013.

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