A plan to increase tolls in Massachusetts is facing resistance from legislative leaders, while Gov. Deval Patrick works on a plan to dismantle the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority even though rising debt service costs necessitate additional revenue for the agency in the short term.

House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi proposed increasing the state's 23.5-cent gas tax as an alternative to toll hikes. In addition, in a opinion article in yesterday's Boston Globe, Senate President Therese Murray and Sen. Steven Baddour, who co-chairs the Joint Committee on Transportation, proposed creating one state agency to oversee all surface transportation systems or potential public-private partnership arrangements.

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