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Patrick proposes bigger gas tax in transit plan

Showdown over system heats up

Beacon Hill’s long-running showdown over how to fund the state’s transportation system reached a new level on Tuesday, as top lawmakers condemned Governor Deval Patrick’s new plan before he had even finished presenting it.

In rejecting the transportation financing measure the Legislature sent him, Patrick countered with a proposal to further increase the gas tax in 2017 if Massachusetts Turnpike tolls expire as scheduled. The governor questioned the wisdom of the Legislature’s decision to incorporate revenue from the Western Pike’s tolls after they are due to be removed, and said any financing package for the state’s ailing infrastructure would be incomplete without a guaranteed source of replacement revenue.

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