The “Tank the Gas Tax” committee is holding an event this coming Monday in Karyn Polito’s home town of Shrewsbury to raise some
money to help support their efforts to pass a ballot question in November to stop the indexing of the state’s gas tax to inflation. They posted an image on Facebook that caught my eye because among other things they’ve decided there’s some kind of a connection between money to repair roads and bridges and “transgender coverage” that proves we don’t need to raise the gas tax. Weird.
- Welfare Fraud
- Cost Overruns
- Evergreen Solar
- Failed Websites
- Transgender Coverage
- Per Diems
Per diems… those weird little allowances that legislators have available to them for commuting to and from their $60k+/year jobs at the State House. A great issue for the Tank the Gas Tax Committee to rail against – per diems should go away in my opinion, at least for legislators that aren’t commuting from far-flung locales in Western Mass or on the Cape and Islands – the commute from Nantucket can’t be cheap.
But just because it’s a great issue for the ballot committee doesn’t mean they should be plastering it the flyer for an event headlined by Karyn Polito. Why? Simple. Between 2001 and 2009 Karyn Polito took home $34,000 in per diems. That’s awkward, huh? That amount would cover the current Massachusetts gas tax for 141,667 gallons of fuel – enough gas to take my car back and forth to the moon 17 times!
I sure hope that on Monday night when Rep. Geoff Diehl (who is taking a break from trying to the lower the Massachusetts minimum wage to $7.25/hour to work on the gas tax) introduces Karyn Polito at this event he’ll ask her why she took so much in per diems… but he probably won’t. He’ll be too busy blaming solar energy, retirees and transgendered residents of the Commonwealth for the conditions of our roads and bridges.