Governor Patrick indicated in today’s Globe that he is prepared to sign both the Transportation Reform bill, as well as the Ethics Reform bill passed by the Legislature. And since he will sign both he appears to have no choice but to sign the sales tax increase, and he acknowledged as much in today’s Globe.
Speaking at a late-afternoon press conference, Patrick did not say explicitly that he would sign the sales tax measure, but he strongly suggested he would do so.
“I will keep my end of the bargain,’’ he said. “They seem to be keeping theirs.’’
I take this as a victory for the Governor, even though he will take heat in some quarters for signing a tax increase. His veto threat moved the Legislature towards his position on both transportation and ethics, and while I am sure he considers both bills slightly imperfect he largely got what he needs. He can now do what he does in his press conference statement, which is to take a victory lap.