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Straus Named To Conference Committee On Transportation Bill

A Southcoast lawmaker, Mattapoisett Democrat William Straus,  has been named to a conference committee to resolve differences between the House and Senate verisons of a State Transportation bill. 

Both branches this month approved legislation that calls for $500-million in transportation spending

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TSM - Speaker Robert DeLeo in New Bedford

Speaker DeLeo Defends House Transportation Bill

Instead of going with the Governor's proposed $1.9 billion Transportation bill that included funding for Southcoast Rail, the Massachusetts House adopted a $500-million plan, that contains language that prioritizes the commuter rail project,  but contains no earmarked funding

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Rep. Cabral Preps For Transportation Debate On Monday

 

Rep. Tony Cabral says he's hoping to at least start the ball rolling Monday on salvaging funding for Southcoast Rail, when the Mass. House debates the leadership's proposed transportation plan.

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Patrick Continues To Push Tax Plan With Lawmakers

Gov. Deval Patrick is renewing his push for new revenues to pay for transportation and education initiatives, while acknowledging concerns about his plan to raise the state income tax.
 
    The tax changes proposed by the governor, aimed at raising nearly $2 billion in the fiscal year starting July 1, have so far received a lukewarm reception from legislative leaders on Beacon Hill

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Patrick to File 2014 Budget On Wednesday

Gov. Deval Patrick is putting the finishing touches on his budget request for the fiscal year that starts on July 1.
 
    Patrick has already said he plans to call for an increase in the state income tax from 5

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