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What you need to know about the state’s new transportation law

Finally, finally, finally the State House debate on a transportation funding law is over — at least for this year — and it’s pretty clear that most normal people never want to hear the words “transportation finance” again.

After a whole lot of drama between legislators and Governor Deval Patrick, the House and Senate passed a bill that raises taxes, places a slew of demands on the Department of Transportation, and earmarks a big chunk of change — $800 million per year by 2018 — to pay for the T, MassDOT personnel, regional transit authorities, and some big-budget construction projects.

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