BOSTON (AP) — With a veto threat and more than 100 amendments to consider, the House debate on a transportation financing bill promises to be lengthy and spirited.'Unfortunate that it came to this,' Brookline school teachers go on strike
The bill being considered Monday would raise more than $500 million in new tax revenue, including a 3 cent hike in the state’s gasoline tax. Legislative leaders say the measure would close the MBTA’s annual operating deficit, put regional transit systems on sounder financial footing and gradually end the practice of borrowing money to pay the salaries of state transportation employees.READ MORE: Bobcat breaks into Vermont home, attacks elderly man inside
Gov. Deval Patrick says he’ll veto the bill if it reaches his desk unchanged.
Secretary of Transportation Richard Davey calls the legislative plan a “Band-aid” that provides too little revenue to solve the state’s long-term transportation needs, and would lead to increases in fees, fares and tolls.MORE NEWS: New England Living: Broomstones curling club in Wayland
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