SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Massachusetts lawmakers are moving forward with their $500 million tax plan to pay for the state's transportation needs, but it faces an uncertain future as Governor Deval Patrick has promised to veto it.
The House of Representatives voted 97-55 to approve the bill late Monday, following more than 10 hours of debate . That margin would fall just shy of the votes needed to override a threatened veto by Patrick, who said their "pretend fix" bill won't do enough to meet the needs of the state's transportation infrastructure.
This measure would increase the cost of a gallon of gas by three cents, and make it more expensive to buy tobacco products.
Democratic legislative leaders say the bill addresses the urgent needs of the state, and is a little more considerate of taxpayers in a recovering economy.
Governor Patrick's plan calls for increasing the state income tax to raise nearly $2 billion dollars in new revenue to pay for transportation and education projects.