- Associated Press - Monday, February 24, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Evan Falchuk says if elected he’d work to ditch the state’s “flat” income tax rate of 5.2 percent and block future hospital consolidations which he said are driving up health care costs.

The Newton resident, who is running under the United Independent Party label, said Monday the state also needs to work harder to develop renewable energy sources, place more of a focus on commuter rail service, and create an independent state budget office similar to the Congressional Budget Office.

Falchuk called the flat tax “inherently regressive,” and said he’d work for a graduated income tax structure that taxes those with higher incomes at a higher rate. Such a move would require a change in the Massachusetts Constitution.

Falchuk made his comments at a Suffolk University forum.



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