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July 13, 2013

Gov. Patrick vetoes local aid funds

Holaday is 'confident' cuts will be overturned

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But legislative leaders, wary of approving such a large tax hike amid a sluggish economic recovery, instead approved $500 million in new taxes, including hikes in the gasoline and cigarette taxes that were added to the transportation financing bill.

While the bill that emerged from the Legislature was smaller in scope than what he originally hoped, Patrick on Friday reiterated his willingness to compromise and “enthusiastically” sign the measure if the amendment was approved.

“Plug the hole in the transportation bill, let’s do it now and we can put that and this budget to rest and we can get back to work growing the economy,” Patrick said.

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