Mass. Gov. facing deadline for budget action
BOSTON (AP) -- Gov. Deval Patrick is facing some complicated decisions as he nears a deadline for action on the state's $34 billion state budget.
The spending plan is balanced in part by $500 million in new taxes contained in a separate transportation finance bill that remains unsigned. Patrick returned that bill to lawmakers last week seeking an amendment that would raise gas taxes if tolls on the western portion of the Massachusetts Turnpike are eliminated as scheduled in 2017.
Patrick said Thursday during his monthly appearance on WGBH-FM that he would veto the transportation bill if it is returned to his desk in the current form.
Lawmakers do not plan to act on the amendment until next week, but Patrick faces a Friday deadline to sign the state budget.