Senate meeting Saturday to discuss Transportation Bill

BOSTON (WWLP) — The Massachusetts Senate has scheduled a rare Saturday formal session to take up a Transportation Bill

The State Senate was originally set to debate a Transportation Funding Bill on Thursday, but they've re-scheduled it to Saturday in order to give lawmakers more time to file amendments.
 
Lawmakers are hoping to approve the Transportation Funding Bill before school vacation week so they can spend time with their families.  
 
The Senate bill directs about $120 million more to transportation than the House plan approved earlier this week. Like the House plan, it raises revenue through a number of tax increases, including a three-cent gas tax hike.

According to Sen. James Welch, (D) West Springfield, "It's a little bit more measured, it's a little bit more in line with I think what you know the general Legislature will be able to feel comfortable supporting."
 
Governor Deval Patrick has proposed a $2 billion tax hike plan to raise money for transportation and education.

Patrick has threatened to veto the Legislature's Transportation Bill if it doesn't raise enough money to meet the state's needs.

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