" BOSTON (AP) — Legislative leaders on Tuesday swiftly rejected Gov. Deval Patrick’s call for a change in a transportation bill that would allow gasoline taxes to increase if tolls are removed from the western portion of the Massachusetts Turnpike.
The bill, now on Patrick’s desk, promises $800 million in new annual revenues for transportation within five years. But the administration contends that the legislation fails to account for the estimated $135 million in revenue that would be lost if tolls west of the Interstate 95 interchange in Weston are eliminated as scheduled on Jan. 1, 2017.
Patrick, at a news conference, said he could not sign the bill in its current form and would return it to lawmakers with an amendment to address the loss of toll revenue "
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