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Mass. House looking at 3-cent hike in gas tax

Boost would put Bay State on par with average state levy

A three-cent increase in the state’s gasoline tax, which has not risen in more than 20 years, would put Massachusetts on par with the average state gas tax nationwide, a boost analysts say would help fund transportation projects likely to flush money back into local the economy.

Legislators are considering the higher fuel tax as part of the $500 million transportation finance bill that passed the House late Monday — though it did so without a margin large enough to protect the plan from a threatened veto by Governor Deval Patrick, who has said more aggressive measures are necessary to address the state’s pressing transportation needs.

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