BOSTON (WWLP) — Governor Deval Patrick wonâ€™t support the Legislatureâ€™s $500 million dollar transportation bill that goes for a vote in the House of Representatives on Monday.
â€śIf it comes to me in the current form â€¦Iâ€™m going to have to veto it,â€ť said Patrick to a crowd of reporters in front on his office Thursday. â€śItâ€™s a fiction to claim that this bill somehow avoids new taxes â€¦From all we can tell, everybody pays more and gets less.â€ť
The Legislatureâ€™s revenue raising plan is a lot smaller than Governor Patrickâ€™s $2 billion dollar proposal to build roads and invest in education over the next ten years. While the governorâ€™s vision is long term, Patrick says the Legislatureâ€™s plan puts a â€śband-aidâ€ť on transportation needs. He mentioned the crumbling concrete on I-91 as an example.
â€śThe Legislatureâ€™s plan doesnâ€™t have any resources to help us deal with [I-91],â€ť said the governor.
â€śThat was I think the largest highway project we had funded under the Way Forward Plan, it has to happen,â€ť said Department of Transportation Secretary Richard Davy.
Governor Patrick said legislative leaders agree the state needs to raise revenue. But unlike the governor, most lawmakers intend to run for re-election â€“ Which Patrick says makes raising taxes a politically difficult option for legislative leaders.
â€śIâ€™m concerned about setting forth any further tax burden on the people of Massachusetts,â€ť said House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop).
If the Legislatureâ€™s transportation bill is eventually passed and the governor vetoâ€™s it, Patrick admits he is not confident that he has the numbers to sustain the veto. The Legislature can override the governorâ€™s veto with a two-thirds majority.
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