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State Senate may add funds to transportation bill

Bill would still fall far short of Patrick’s request

The state Senate is willing to dedicate more to roads and bridges than the $500 million in new taxes approved by the House late Monday night, but still will not come close to the level of investment Governor Deval Patrick has requested, Senate President Therese ­Murray signaled on Tuesday.

The transportation funding bill headed for the Senate floor endorses the same tax increases approved by the House Monday, but would boost transportation spending by redirecting money from other parts of the state budget and imposing a new fee on utility companies. By fiscal 2018, the Senate draft would spend about $126 million more on transportation than the House version, Senate officials said.

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