STATEMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FOR MASSACHUSETTS DIRECTOR KRISTINA EGAN ON SIGNATURES BEING SUBMITTED FOR BALLOT QUESTION TO REPEAL INDEXING OF GAS TAX TO INFLATION

“If this question were to make the ballot, and if it were to pass, voters need to realize it will significantly cut funding for transportation.   The last thing the Massachusetts economy needs right now is to let our bridges, roads and public transportation further deteriorate.  Commuters, and all residents, will continue to suffer with traffic, bridge closures, and crowded buses and trains.

Our transportation system is a major engine for creating jobs and moving the economy forward.  We all rely on our roads and rails to get to work and other parts of our lives.  Businesses need good transportation to move their products to market and bring employees to good jobs.

Earlier this year, the legislature passed a transportation funding bill, and made good progress in providing more reliable and stable funding for transportation.  But that legislation only provides half of what we need to make our transportation system work for residents that drive, walk, bike, and take public transportation.

The gas tax is a significant source of funding for the transportation that serves the people of Massachusetts. In order for it to be an effective and stable source of funding, it must keep pace with inflation.

We all need better transportation.  This ballot question would hurt our roads, public transportation, and economy.  We need to move the economy forward, not backward.”

 

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