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Tom Wolff: Backs planned veto of Massachusetts transportation bill

To the editor:

Late on Monday night the state House voted through a transportation bill with full support of all our local legislators (Reps. Stephen Kulik, Peter Kocot, John Scibak and Ellen Story). Gov. Deval Patrick promises to veto this bill and he is right to do so.

We need to call our local representatives and tell them not to override the governor’s veto — but let it stand.

The governor proposed a vision of our future with a vibrant economy and well-educated residents by proposing a major revamping of our tax codes in Massachusetts in order to fund early childhood programs and support higher education and transportation. He requested the money to fulfill a vision.

What we got instead from the House was a greatly reduced tax request which will just fill debts in the state’s transportation systems. We will have nothing to show for it. There is no vision in that.

By allowing the governor’s veto to stand the House will have to go back to the drawing board and come up with a better plan.

Call your legislators and tell them to support the governor’s veto.

Tom Wolff

Leverett

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