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Local legislators react to overriding Gov. Patrick's veto

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On Wednesday, the state legislature voted to override Gov. Deval Patrick's veto of a transportation bill.

With the override, the legislature approved $500,000 in new taxes to work on the state's roadways, which both Republicans and Democrats say should be a top priority.

"The governor's goal is laudable, in that we have transportation needs, in the commonwealth that we have to take on," said State Rep. Don Humason. "I think he overreached."

Humason, a Republican from Westfield, voted against the override. It may appear he was backing the governor, but he said that was not really the case.

"We voted to sustain the governor's veto, not because we supported the idea of more taxes, but because we were trying to keep his tax increase from going into effect at all," Humason stated.

Patrick was pushing for $1.9 billion in new taxes to tackle all of the state's transportation woes. State Rep. Michael Finn, a Democrat from West Springfield, voted to override the veto.

"As soon as the governor came out with that plan, I thought it was kind of grand," said Finn. "I never really supported the $1.8 or $1.9 billion. I did feel the $500 million that was dedicated strictly for transportation was a fair compromise."

However, that amount is only a percentage of what the commonwealth needs to fix its roadways. Finn said there are plans in place to keep the infrastructure in the forefront.

"Part of the legislation that was just passed calls for a board to be created to prioritize, to come up with a master plan for projects across the commonwealth," said Finn.

While the override passed by a wide margin, Humason believes the government is asking too much of its residents.

"Just like you and me with our homes, we only take off projects that we can afford to do," said Humason. "We don't want to saddle ourselves with huge debt. That's what we're asking our taxpayers to do, pay more and more, while we're getting less and less."

Humason told CBS 3 that the commonwealth brought in over $600 million more than they were expecting in the last fiscal year.

He would have liked to seen that money used, instead of raising taxes at all.

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