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Patrick hopeful on transit funding

Governor Deval Patrick said Thursday he is open to the state Senate’s transportation financing plan, comments that could end a tense standoff between the governor and legislative leaders, who have not spoken in weeks.

The governor said he believes the $805 million bill proposed by Senate leaders could serve as a middle ground between the $1 billion tax increase for transportation he wants and the $500 million tax hike the House passed this week.

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