Well he at least put it on the table.
The Governor earlier today said it was not the time to talk gas tax and the Senate President has not commented yet.
In light of the forthcoming transportation reform that inlcudes the the dismantling of the Turnpike Authority, I beleive now is the time. The continuation of toll increases is not fair – an increase in the more broad based gas tax is necessary for the rebuilding of our roads and brdiges.
The gas tax has not been raised since 1991 in Massachusetts and we are lagging behind other states like Connecticut in the rate of tax we apply to gas. Seventeen years ago the state just began the construction of the Big Dig and it has been almost that long since we structured the financing of the project. (which we saddled upon the Turnpike Authority)
DiMasi’s statements give the Governor and other politicians the cover need to start a serious discussion on increasing the gas tax. I think the governor, speaker and senate president should work together on this before the filing of any transportation reform legisaltion.
This is a matter that deserves meaningful consideration.