• Patrick stands firm on transportation veto threat


    BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Deval Patrick says he will stand by his principles when it comes to his threat to veto a transportation financing bill unless lawmakers agree to a change in the legislation.

    Patrick met privately with legislative leaders on Monday but there was no immediate indication that any compromise was in the works.

    The governor has called for an amendment to the bill that would automatically raise gasoline taxes to offset a loss of revenue if tolls on the Massachusetts Turnpike come down as scheduled in 2017.

    Patrick said he would not back off on his veto threat even if it appeared that legislative leaders had enough votes to override the veto.

    Senate President Therese Murray called the meeting with the governor "a frank discussion," but said philosophical differences remain.

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