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Massachusetts leaders consider higher gas tax for road repairs

from Senintel & Enterprise

With Gov. Charlie Baker eyeing traditional borrowing to meet the state's transportation infrastructure needs, one prominent House Democrat is calling himself a "zealot" for additional financial resources, and sees a higher gas tax as an option that can't be ignored. Baker said that he plans to file a major transportation borrowing bill in the next 30 to 60 days that will outline his infrastructure priorities for the next five years. The nod to additional borrowing for transportation, a longstanding practice that usually does not involve new revenues, came in response to a question from a reporter about whether he was open to an omnibus transportation financing bill. The Legislature in 2014, when Deval Patrick was governor, passed a five-year $12.7 billion transportation borrowing bill. more

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