NEW YORK - Rumors continue to circulate in Massachusetts regarding a potential gas-tax increase while the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority heads toward a possible toll hike vote to help it meet its financing needs.

MassPike executive director Alan LeBovidge has asked board members to submit toll-increase proposals by Thursday, with the board set to vote on the matter at its Feb. 24 meeting, according to board member Mary Connaughton. Last month, state Secretary of Transportation Jim Aloisi delayed a vote to raise tolls on the system in order to evaluate MassPike’s finances further.

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