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Patrick pays house call to talk up gas tax

Woman rethinks proposal after Springfield visit

Governor Deval Patrick hugged Teresita Alicea at her Springfield home after speaking to Alicea and her neighbors about his proposed gas tax increase. Yoliany Ortiz (from left), Elizabeth Cardona of Patrick's Western Massachusetts office, Iris Yolanda Van Derdys-Ortiz, and Becky Lartigue attended the session. Governor Deval Patrick hugged Teresita Alicea at her Springfield home after speaking to Alicea and her neighbors about his proposed gas tax increase. Yoliany Ortiz (from left), Elizabeth Cardona of Patrick's Western Massachusetts office, Iris Yolanda Van Derdys-Ortiz, and Becky Lartigue attended the session. (David Molnar)
By John C. Drake
Globe Staff / March 2, 2009

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SPRINGFIELD - To gather support for his proposed 19-cent gas tax hike, Governor Deval Patrick launched a statewide campaign yesterday in the home of a woman who had called the idea "unconscionable." (Full article: 736 words)

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