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Voter anger propels ballot questions to repeal casino law and automatic gas tax increases

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Beacon Hill could face a backlash at the ballot box next year if voters approve referendums that would repeal the state’s casino law and eliminate automatic increases in the gas tax.

The ballot questions are among seven referendums that appear to have garnered enough signatures to qualify for the November 2014 ballot, according to Secretary of State William F. Galvin.

The casino and gas-tax questions would undo major initiatives passed by state lawmakers and signed by Governor Deval Patrick in recent years. They would also have serious implications for the state budget, which relies on tens of millions of dollars in gambling and gas revenue to pay for transportation and other needs. “It would force difficult choices to be made,” said Stephen M. Brewer, a Barre Democrat who is the state Senate’s budget chief. “We would be governed by what the vox populi says.”

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