Massachusetts House members last week approved increasing the state’s sales tax to 6.25% to generate $900 million of additional revenue each year, with $275 million of the new funds going to support transportation infrastructure.

The sales tax hike is part of the lower chamber’s budget plan and would help close a $3.6 billion deficit for fiscal 2010, which begins July 1, with the aid of $1.2 billion of spending cuts.

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