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Bumpy ride ahead for gov’s plan

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

March 12, 2013  By Emily O’Donnell, The Sun Chronicle

BOSTON – Gov. Deval Patrick is facing an increasingly bumpy ride in his drive to get more and spend more on the state’s transportation system.

There have been few outright supporters of his plan to raise the income and gasoline taxes while devoting a lower sales tax entirely to road repairs, rail improvements and additional help for the MBTA. The governor’s plan was challenged last week from various sectors, ranging from House Speaker Robert DeLeo to a coalition of transportation advocates.

In a speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, DeLeo said the transportation plan should be “far more narrow in scope and significantly smaller in size” because Patrick’s more expansive proposal would “place too heavy a burden on working families.”

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