Dem Wins John Kerry’s Senate Seat From MA… Hours Later, $500 Million In New Taxes
DEMS MOVE PAST SCOTT BROWN GHOST WITH MASS. WIN
Drawing on the political might of the White House, Democrats have exorcized the ghost of Scott Brown.
Three years after the little-known Republican state senator shocked the political world with an unlikely victory here, veteran Democratic U.S. Rep. Ed Markey won the special election Tuesday for U.S. Senate to replace John Kerry, defeating a Republican political newcomer with an all-star resume who failed to inspire Massachusetts voters and Washington’s GOP leaders alike.
Mass. pols unveil compromise transportation bill
State House and Senate negotiators agreed late Tuesday on a bill that would raise $500 million in new revenue, including hikes in gasoline and cigarette taxes, to shore up the state’s aging and debt-ridden transportation system.
A six-member conference committee announced the compromise after closed-door talks over the last two months. The House and Senate passed versions of the bill in the spring and the new bill now goes back to both chambers for up or down votes, possibly as early as Wednesday.
According to lawmakers, the measure would close a projected $118 million deficit facing the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in the fiscal year that starts on Monday, heading off any need for further fare hikes or service cuts on the transit system.