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Lawmakers Unveil Compromise Transportation Bill

Mass-MoneyBy BOB SALSBERG
Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — House and Senate negotiators have reached agreement on a transportation finance bill that includes an increase in gasoline and cigarette taxes in Massachusetts.

The measure would close a projected $118 million deficit in the MBTA and provide funds to modernize the state’s aging transportation system.

In a joint statement Tuesday night, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray called the compromise bill a “responsible and efficient use of revenues that will solve the current transportation funding gap.”

The bill now faces an up or down vote in both chambers, possibly as early as Wednesday.

The bill would raise about $500 million in new revenues, including a 3 cent hike in the gasoline tax to 24 cents a gallon, and a $1 increase in the cigarette tax.


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