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New England News
Thu July 25, 2013
Mass. Lawmakers Override Transportation Veto
Taxes on gasoline and cigarettes are set to increase after Massachusetts lawmakers voted to override Governor Deval Patrick's veto of a transportation financing bill.
The bill contains a 3 cent per gallon hike in the gas tax, along with a $1 per pack increase in the cigarette tax. Those tax hikes are scheduled to take effect in seven days.
Patrick vetoed the bill after lawmakers rejected his demand to add a provision allowing for an additional gas tax hike if tolls on the western portion of the Massachusetts Turnpike come down as scheduled in 2017.
The House voted 123-33 to override Patrick's veto. The Senate voted 35-5 to override.
Patrick argues that the bill doesn't account for the scheduled loss of toll revenue.
House Speaker Robert DeLeo said the fate of the tolls is uncertain.
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