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bar1035

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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 2:08:18 AM

BOSTON — By Monday, Massachusetts transportation officials must come up with a plan to put the state’s roads, bridges and rails on the right track.

Official estimates show the state could need up to $1 billion a year in new revenue to meet highway and mass transit needs.

Former Transportation Secretary James Aloisi said the state needs to make dramatic changes to invest in transportation, such as increasing the state gas tax or implementing a vehicle miles traveled tax. He recently outlined these and several other funding recommendations for CommonWealth Magazine.

“People need to come to grips with a few realities,” Aloisi said about accepting an increased state gas tax, which has not been raised since 1991.

Aloisi knows it’s a tough sell. It’s one he tried, and ultimately failed, to m
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lesndave
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 11:29:18 PM

Fix 'em
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APlus
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 7:52:47 AM

States need to use FUEL taxes strictly for roads. Most states place fuel/vechicle tax income in general revenue which is used for many other divisions of government and not mainly road. Once that happens - all transportation tax revenue is only used for roads and mantainance, transportation - then show us the tax payer that you need new taxes. Right now most of the car/fuel/transportation revenue is being used for social programs - like schools, medical, jail, cops, etc. If you spent the money where it is supposed to be used and find ways to raise tax revenues for those other programs - go for it! Do not add more taxes to all the drivers - just because you can...!!!!
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jrs4125
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 7:05:00 AM

No thanks
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ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 11:50:59 PM

If they get that tax increase it won't be spent on roads and they will need more taxes again. Same song over and over.
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ktbaeohana
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 4:27:09 PM

watch and see.
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danindenver
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 4:18:19 PM

"No wonder MA residents need medical marijuana!"
funny

"Any ... tax ... should assure that the collected funds can only be used to maintain and improve this vital infrastructure"

Most people would wholeheartedly agree with you and, indeed, many people think that this is actually the way that taxes work. Social Security in the proverbial "lockbox" and all.

NHLiveFree, might I respectfully submit that many, including those who elected our current president are living in a fantasy world.
Social Security now goes into a slush fund to pay for your congressperson's favorite re-election promises.
And, indeed, all of our money and freedoms are at risk when we freely give them away to others with vague promises to do what is best for us.

Of course I agree that fuel taxes should be used to pay for roads.
But, where does it stop?

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NHLiveFree
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 3:38:18 PM


Making the state gas tax a simple percentage of the retail sale price of gasoline and diesel fuel is long overdue. Any change in the fuel tax for highway and public transit funding should assure that the collected funds can only be used to maintain and improve this vital infrastructure. No adjustments since 1991 is incredible in a state that applied a 'temporary' surcharge to the 5% state income tax that has never gone away. No wonder MA residents need medical marijuana!
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grt197
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 9:19:15 AM

may be need more taxes
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OHIO50
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 9:09:44 AM

Fix the roads.
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peabeax55
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:52:59 AM

This is another reason people will be leaving Taxachusetts in droves
like they are leaving California.
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el_fr
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 8:28:56 AM

Democrats. All they want is to raise taxes. never cut spending
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Peachy1
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 7:56:43 AM

No,this major idiot needs to come to terms and know that he cannot tax the people to death. How do you SQUEEZE juice from a turnip?? There is no $$$. I think he should seriously consider funding this project...GREAT IDEA!!
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Evilmaddog
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 7:53:32 AM

can u say TAXES
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daytonabiker
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 6:29:12 AM

New taxes are not the answer for government,
we need business people to run this country and not dumekofts,lawyers,politicians
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coughlin
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 5:38:19 AM

Jack up the tax!
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APlus
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 4:33:53 AM

Why not use current tax revenue properly - removing waste, fraud and corruption rather than keep trying to raise taxes and costs of driving?
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RNCII
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 4:02:20 AM

Right on pricewar.
Enough already with more taxes.
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pricewar
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 3:31:35 AM

Except the fact that the people do not have any money
To pay more taxes. We are taxed out.... Do you hear us load and clear!!!
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agoodman4ever
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 2:47:53 AM

do that
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