Updated: Monday, 29 Jun 2009, 10:38 AM EDT
Published : Monday, 29 Jun 2009, 7:18 AM EDT
BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts Turnpike Authority has eliminated a planned
toll hike hours before Gov. Deval Patrick signs a state budget that
includes a 25 percent hike in the state sales tax.
The Turnpike board met Monday morning and approved a budget that relies on $100 million from the sales tax increase rather than a planned toll hike set to take effect July 1.
Patrick is scheduled to sign the $27.4 billion spending plan Monday afternoon in his Statehouse office.
The budget makes steep cuts to service and slashes aid to cities and towns.
It also includes the biggest broad-based tax increase in two decades -- a measure that would increase the state sales tax from 5 percent to 6.25 percent.
The tax hike will also help the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority close a $160 million budget gap.