BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts House has rejected Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposed change to a bill that would pay for modernizing the state’s transportation system.READ MORE: Police Searching For Man Who Sexually Assaulted Woman At Middlesex Fells Reservation In Winchester
The lawmakers instead voted 121-31 on Wednesday for a substitute amendment that made technical changes to the bill but did not include Patrick’s call for an increase in the gasoline tax, if tolls on the western portion of the Massachusetts Turnpike come down as scheduled in 2017.
The Senate on Thursday is also expected to turn down the governor’s amendment.READ MORE: President Biden Spends Black Friday On Nantucket, Attends Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
The vote margin in the House would be enough to override a veto of the bill, which Patrick has promised if his proposed change is not accepted by lawmakers.
Patrick says the bill doesn’t account for the loss of revenue that would occur in the tolls are removed.MORE NEWS: Cohasset Police Returning Mail To More Than 40 Customers After Overnight Thefts
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