BOSTON (WWLP) - Governor Patrick says he will not sign the transportation spending bill as is. But the Legislature says it won't take "No" for an answer.
Governor Patrick and state lawmakers can't agree on how they want to raise money for transportation improvement projects, such as fixing highways and revamping bridges.
22News has information you need to know about two different proposals they are debating right now.
It's turnpike tolls vs. Gasoline tax.
Lisa Barrett of South Glastonbury, CT told 22News "Can we really pay more and more on gas? It's ridiculous as is. I'd rather keep the tolls, yeah."
Governor Patrick wants to fix the state roadways by increasing the gasoline tax.
He says the Transportation Bill approved by the State legislature relies on turnpike tolls, a revenue source he says will disappear in 2017.
That's one year before he wants most of construction projects completed.
Governor Patrick said in a news conference Tuesday "I've been clear and I've said it a million different ways that I am not going to accept this bill in its current form."
But the state Legislature says if they restore tolls to exits 1 through 6 now, all tolls disappearing in 2017 shouldn't be a problem.
And drivers agree. They'd rather pay the tolls than higher gas prices.
John Yesu of Agawam told 22news "I'm not on MassPike all the time. I'm more often taking the 10-15 minute commute."
They say increasing gasoline taxes will increase our food prices.
Tony Impoco who owns his own agriculture business in Springfield said "Raising the gas price raises the price on everything The grains are transported using fuel. It would also affect them because fuel is used in the raising of the livestock."
Even if Governor Patrick vetoed the Transportation Bill, the state Legislature can override the veto with a two-thirds majority.
It is unclear right now when the possible override vote will be held.