Gov. Patrick: Let’s Deal on Transportation Bill
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick is hoping for a compromise with state lawmakers on a sweeping transportation finance bill.
Patrick said Tuesday he was open to other proposals, but said the package approved by the Massachusetts House late Monday didn’t go far enough.
The House bill calls for $500 million in new taxes. Patrick is pushing for a heftier tax hike he said is needed to upgrade the state’s aging transportation system.
The House bill would raise the gas tax by three cents a gallon, and raise by $1 the excise tax on a pack of cigarettes.
Patrick has proposed $1.9 billion in new taxes, including a hike in the income tax to fund transportation and education projects.
Senate President Therese Murray said Tuesday the Senate would reject Patrick’s call for an income tax hike.