Critics of Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick's proposal to have the state extend its double-A credit rating to $2.2 billion of Massachusetts Turnpike Authority debt say the administration should look toward reforming MassPike and creating greater transparency before adding more debt on top of the commonwealth's $29 billion of outstanding debt.

State Treasurer Timothy Cahill and Sen. Mark Montigny, D-Second Bristol and Plymouth, who co-heads the Joint Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures, and State Assets, said lawmakers and state officials should debate the idea of allowing MassPike to use the state's double-A rating as it looks toward refinancing previous debt before signing off on the proposal.

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