Roughly $2.1 billion of Massachusetts Turnpike Authority debt received a boost yesterday when Gov. Deval Patrick signed a bill that will direct $100 million each year to debt service costs on the bonds, a move that may help raise the agency's triple-B credit rating.

Executive Office for Administration and Finance Secretary Leslie Kirwan and undersecretary Jay Gonzalez spoke with rating agencies on Monday regarding the $100 million initiative, according to A&F spokeswoman Cyndi Roy.

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