Local Legislators React to $500M Transporation Tax Plan
BOSTON, Mass. (WGGB) — Governor Patrick’s administration warns that a revenue plan offered by legislative leaders could result in huge budget cuts.
Governor Patrick had unveiled a $2 billion tax plan that would fund improvements for education and transportation. Legislative leaders have come up with a plan that’s far less than what the governor is proposing.
Legislative leaders have proposed a $500 million tax plan for transportation needs.
The governor’s plan would have included education funding as well.
Some legislators like Holyoke’s Aaron Vega are concerned.
“The Governor’s bill incorporated transportation and education and the counteroffer is just focusing on transportation so we’re not addressing the education which is a little bit of a disappointment to me,” says Vega.
The legislative plan calls for a three cent a gallon increase in the gas tax.
“There’s a three cent increase in the gas tax which I’m not crazy about but when you look, it hasn’t been raised in 20 years and three cents is something we can handle because at one point people were talking 15 or 19 cents,” says Vega.
But other state representatives like Westfield’s Don Humason says increasing taxes is going in the wrong direction.
“There’s clearly money we can find within our $34 billion state budget to prioritize toward state transportation but to ask people to kick in more money at a time when money is tight , the economy is still fragile, I’m not sure that’s a good idea,” says Humason.
The tax plan put forth by legislative leaders will be fully debated in the House on Monday, possibly voted on that same day.