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Major Overhaul for State's Bridges

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On the heels of the failed resort casino proposal he billed as economic development, Governor Deval Patrick is giving a speech on the economy this morning at MIT.

Sources briefed on the speech say the governor wants to reassure people that Massachusetts is faring better than other states in the region. Still, Patrick will propose some ways to help the state keep its head above water.

Foremost - a major overhaul of state bridges. The governor is not expected to call for new taxes or fees. So to pay for that construction, Patrick wants to borrow against future federal highway dollars. The governor also wants cities and towns to fast track areas for development.

And in contrast to his casino proposal that met with so much resistance in the Statehouse, this morning the governor will pitch these measures as a team effort.

This program aired on April 9, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.

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