Nearly six years after a bipartisan commission sounded the alarm about the state’s financial crisis in transportation — a system awash in red ink, with a projected shortfall of nearly $20 billion over 20 years — Governor Deval Patrick will ask lawmakers to solve the problem partly through higher taxes. By Jan. 7, the administration will deliver a proposal calling for robust transportation taxes and detailing the difference between what is currently spent and what is needed to bring the state’s roads, bridges, and transit systems into good condition and keep them there.
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