The Massachusetts Turnpike Authority can now use the state's appropriation pledge on an upcoming $800 million refunding deal after Gov. Deval Patrick yesterday signed into law a more than $2 billion general bond bill that will help finance capital improvements throughout the state.

Lawmakers included the proposal to grant MassPike the state's appropriation guarantee on the $800 million in the bond measure. MassPike officials anticipate refinancing the debt in the fourth quarter of 2008 and the state-appropriation pledge take affect on Oct. 1.

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