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Lawmakers Battle Over How Much To Tax Gas

The tax on gas in Mass. is likely to go up, but lawmakers are fighting over just how much. (Steven Senne/AP)

The tax on gas in Mass. is likely to go up, but lawmakers are fighting over just how much. (Steven Senne/AP)

Lawmakers on Beacon Hill are battling over whether citizens should pay even more for gas to help fund the state’s transportation system. The legislature has approved a three-cent per gallon hike in the state’s gas tax. But Governor Patrick says that’s not enough to close a massive transportation funding gap, so he’d like to raise the gas tax by up to five more cents.  When he proposed that yesterday, he was quickly denounced by legislative leaders, who say it’s unfair to taxpayers still weathering the economic downturn.

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William M. Straus, State Representative and Chairman of the House Transportation Committee.


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  • X-Ray

    Patrick seems to be trying to coin the Taxachusetts label.

    • W1uir

      If only the States could emit our own bills of credit

  • Jessica

    The roads that cars and trucks drive on (and wear down) need more funding, and getting it from road users is the best way to do it.  The gas tax should have been raised years ago so that the roads could have been maintained properly all along .

  • jefe68

    Given that for over a decade the MBTA, (which is mismanaged, but that’s another story)
    was saddled with a lot of the Big Dig debt, it’s about time the people who use the roads payed up a little more. That includes myself, by the way.

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