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Massachusetts Republicans to unveil transportation plan

Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick

The Trucker News Services

4/4/2013

BOSTON  — Republican lawmakers are offering their own plan to finance the state's transportation needs.

House Minority Leader Bradley Jones, as well as state. Reps. Steven Howitt and Peter Durant, have scheduled a news conference for Thursday afternoon to unveil their proposal.

Democratic legislative leaders including Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert DeLeo earlier this week proposed raising the gas tax by three cents per gallon, and the cigarette tax, which they say will $500,000 in new tax revenue.

That came in response to Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick's plan to raise $2 billion by raising the state income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent, while lowering the sales tax from 6.25 percent to 4.5 percent.

Jones says the Republican plan does not seek to raise taxes.


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