State House News Service

BOSTON -- Gov. Deval Patrick challenged Beacon Hill lawmakers Wednesday not to make the politically expedient choice to reject his proposed tax reform to generate new revenue for transportation and education investments, casting the decision as one of generational responsibility.

"We must each of us sacrifice a little today so that we may all share in a better and stronger tomorrow," Patrick told a crowd gathered at the Statehouse for Transportation Day, sounding a theme he has emphasized often over his six years as governor and one echoed Tuesday night by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address.

The event, designed to introduce the various state transportation agencies and their programs to lawmakers, comes as skeptical lawmakers are being asked by the governor to approve a menu of tax-reform proposals designed to generate $1.9 billion in new revenue and slightly shift the state's tax burden off lower- to middle-income families.

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