BOSTON (AP) — Beacon Hill lawmakers
are getting back to work on a plan to raise $500 million in new taxes
to help fix and modernize the state's transportation system.
and Senate negotiators are scheduled to meet on Thursday to work out
differences between versions of the bill that were passed by both
chambers earlier in the month.
Gov. Deval Patrick called the
original version of the bill proposed by legislative leaders a "fiscal
shell game," without enough revenue to address the state's long-term
transportation needs. Patrick said a later Senate version was a step
forward, but stopped short of saying whether he'd sign it into law.
Patrick had asked for nearly $2 billion in new taxes for transportation and education.
The Legislature's plan calls for hikes in gasoline and cigarette taxes.