BOSTON (AP) - A bill that would address chronic financial issues in the state's transportation system faces an uncertain future after Gov. Deval Patrick said he won't sign the measure without changes.
The bill calling for $500 million in new taxes was sent to Patrick's desk Wednesday night, after the House and Senate accepted a compromise version worked out by a six-member conference committee.
Patrick has 10 days to act but has already said he will return it to lawmakers for amendment.
The administration is concerned the bill does not address the revenue loss that will occur when tolls are removed from much of the Massachusetts Turnpike in 2017. Officials say that without that revenue, the state could not deliver on the $800 million in new transportation funding that's promised within five years.