But that's all part of the bargaining process, and we will undoubtedly see changes in the included projects, total cost, and mix of revenues before Patrick gets to sign anything into law.

What matters more is whether anti-tax reaction spills beyond the predictable small-government firebrands, and lights a fire that prompts lawmakers to beg DeLeo and Murray to kill the plan.

It's worth noting that all three leaders are now sure-footed veterans of the game. They won't rattle easily. That's probably the best reason to think that this latest transportation plan won't end up going off the rails.

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