Candy, soda, cigarettes will cost more under Patrick’s budget
The cost of your candy, soda and cigarettes is about to go up.
Gov. Deval Patrick submitted his fiscal year 2014 budget recommendations today and they include repealing the sales tax exemption on candy and soda and increasing the cigarette excise tax by $1 to $3.51 per pack.
In an announcement of his recommendations, Patrick’s office called the $34.8 billion budget “balanced and fiscally responsible plan that will grow jobs and opportunity.”
“This is a growth budget that makes investments in education and transportation to grow jobs in the near-term and strengthen our Commonwealth in the long-term,” Patrick said in a statement. “Each of us has a stake in promoting opportunity and prosperity throughout the Commonwealth, and each of us should contribute to improving it. And the number of new reforms we have also proposed continues our work to improve government performance and achieve savings.”
The $34.8 billion is a 6.9 percent increase from the previous budget.