Massachusetts lawmakers yesterday were meeting behind closed doors to discuss how to enhance a portion or all of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority's $2.2 billion of outstanding debt while lawmakers also evaluates four different borrowing plans totaling $9 billion before the legislative session ends on July 31.

Legislative aides said key Senate leaders are mapping out a strategy to address MassPike's financial challenges and debt woes. The House last week gave preliminary approval to Gov. Deval Patrick's initiative to extend the commonwealth's general obligation credit to $2.2 billion of MassPike debt.

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