Mass. Legislators Override Governor's Gas-Tax Veto

Taxes on gasoline and cigarettes are set to increase this week after Massachusetts lawmakers voted to override Gov. Deval Patrick’s veto of a transportation financing bill.

The bill contains a 3 cent-per-gallon hike in the gas tax and would index future increases in the tax to inflation. It also raises the cigarette tax $1 per pack and imposes the state sales tax on computer software and services.

Patrick had vetoed the bill after lawmakers rejected his demand to add a provision allowing for an additional gas tax hike if tolls on the western portion of the Massachusetts Turnpike come down as scheduled in 2017.

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