Wednesday, June 26, 2013 -- Governor Deval Patrick today released the following statement:
"While I appreciate the efforts the conferees have made, the conference report would not provide the reported $805M in new revenue for transportation. Therefore, I cannot support this bill in its current form.
"After a thorough study at the request of the Legislature and input from a wide spectrum of both experts and ordinary citizens alike, we identified unmet transportation needs requiring an average of $1.2B in new annual expenditure for a decade. The conference report already represents a significant retreat from meeting those needs. Even so, I have been willing to accept this compromise as a step in the right direction for the Commonwealth so long as the $805M was real and sustained by 2017 and beyond. Because the conference report fails to address revenue sources that become unavailable in 2017, it does not actually achieve investment at the level of $805M -- with the result that many of the Commonwealth's unmet transportation needs will remain unmet.
"I expect to return this bill with an amendment and look forward to working with the Legislature to enact it."