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He has not met with the House speaker and Senate president in three weeks. Nor has he tried to sway rank-and-file lawmakers.
As Governor Deval Patrick faces the impending defeat of his latest tax hike to fund transportation programs, he finds himself largely isolated on Beacon Hill, with few options left to muscle through what was supposed to be a legacy-defining agenda of ambitious rail, road and bridge projects.
House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray, fellow Democrats, have vowed to shoot down Patrick’s plan for a higher gas tax next week, saying their own proposal for a smaller tax increase is enough.
The two legislative leaders now hold most of the power in what has become an icy showdown with Patrick.
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