The time has come. Reform is moving — with strong initial steps that need to be strengthened even further in conference committee. Time to take a razor to waste. But without revenue to fix a transportation mess 20 years in the making, our goose is cooked. We overspent on the big dig, and neglected everything else. Time to invest in our future.
By raising the gas tax 2 cents a month, we can make the change at the pump gradual. By dedicating 5 cents on the tax to give to low and middle income people (by expanding the personal income tax exemption and increasing the earned income tax credit, for example), we can dramatically soften the income on low-income drivers. But we’re going to need at least the 19 cents the Governor calls for. I would support 30.