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Governor losing fight for big tax hike

He has not met with the House speaker and Senate president in three weeks. Nor has he made a major push to sway rank-and-file lawmakers.

As Governor Deval Patrick faces the impending defeat of his latest tax hike to fund transportation programs, he finds himself largely isolated on Beacon Hill, with few options left to muscle through what was supposed to be a legacy-defining agenda of ambitious rail, road, and bridge projects.

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