MA Lawmakers review both versions of the transportation bill

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) — Massachusetts legislators are negotiating a final tax bill to raise money for transportation; 22News spoke with the governor to see if he'd approve a tax plan smaller than the one that he's proposing.

State lawmakers began consolidating two versions of a transportation funding bill this week.

The House version of the bill raises $500 million in new taxes on gas, tobacco and businesses.

The Senate bill raises about $600 million and includes additional taxes on utility companies. It dedicates $800 million overall to transportation funding.

Governor Deval Patrick has said he'd veto the House version of the bill, but it's unclear how he'd respond to legislation resembling the Senate's version.

Gov. Patrick told 22News, “Obviously the thing to react to is the ultimate conference committee report; we want to make sure that the numbers are real, that there actually is $805 million that will be available to invest in transportation.”

Governor originally wanted to raise $2 billion in new taxes for transportation and education funding.

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