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April 5, 2013

Governor calls tax plan 'pretend fix'

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The speaker did not directly address Patrick’s critique that the House bill does not provide enough new revenue to ensure that the MBTA and MassDOT wouldn’t be in a similarly difficult financial situation six years from now. “The fiscal woes, the transportation woes that we presently are concerned about, will be alleviated,” DeLeo said.

Patrick conceded that DeLeo and Murray will be able to pass their smaller financing package if they want to, but told the News Service in an interview that he does not want to be associated with it.

“If we’re actually going to try to get a deal that we all can believe in and that is a permanent fix, then they need to respond to my interest in trying to find some place in the middle. If they don’t, then they will have made their choice and they know what I will do,” Patrick said in an interview.

Patrick, who did not highlight plans to increase taxes during his last reelection bid, continued, “When I talk about generational responsibility, it’s not a rhetorical thing for me. It’s a belief. It’s the difference I ran on. It’s what we’ve been trying to do differently here and this is not that and I’m not going to be a part of it.”

When asked whether the Legislature was treating him as a lame duck - the governor does not plan to seek a third term next year - Patrick said, “No. No. I don’t think so. That would be a mistake.”

Describing the lengthy process undertaken by his administration over the past year to craft a 10-year transportation investment plan and a proposal to pay for it, Patrick chuckled at how the leadership’s bill again requests a 10-year capital plan from the administration. “Come on. I’m not going to play a game. We’ve got a serious fix. That is a pretend fix,” Patrick said.

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