Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is betting that two new controversial revenue-generating plans he added to the state’s fiscal 2009 budget late last month will convince state legislators to approve his $1 billion, 10-year subsidy package to the state’s life science industry.
The proposals has added to his $28.2 billion budget proposal for the year beginning July 1 include $297 million in new business taxes and between $400 million and $450 million in revenue from three new commercially run resort casinos.

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