Transportation Bill Faces Uncertain Fate In Mass. Senate

Apr 8, 2013

The Massachusetts House of Representatives is poised to vote on raising taxes, including a 3 cent increase in the gasoline tax, to fund the state’s transportation system.

Credit WAMC

   The $500 million dollar tax increase faces an uncertain fate in the Massachusetts Senate, according to Democratic State Senator James Welch of West Springfield.

   Governor Deval Patrick has threatened to veto the transportation funding plan pushed by the legislative leadership.  He said it does not address the long term needs for  improved mass transit, and road and bridge repairs, while holding down fare hikes and toll increases.  Patrick proposed  an increase in the  income tax to put more money into transportation and education.