GOP releases tax-free transportation plan

BOSTON (WWLP) — Higher taxes in Massachusetts seem inevitable as both the governor and legislative leaders have released transportation bills that include tax increases, but Republicans in the House of Representatives have released their own tax-free transportation plan to counter the revenue raising bills.

“Our package looks to build upon our commitment to the principals of reform before revenue,” said Rep. Peter Durant (R-Spencer).

The Republican plan relies on a combination of spending cuts, gaming revenue, fare increases and future tax collections. By re-organizing the state’s priorities, the GOP says by 2016, their plan could generate $500 million dollars in dedicated transportation money.

“Again, this is without raising taxes by $500 million dollars on the Democratic Leadership’s plan or $1.9 billion dollars under the Patrick-Murray tax plan,” said Rep. Brad Jones (R-North Reading).

The GOP plan phases out the western turnpike tolls and provides reliable funding for regional transportation authorities, like the PVTA.

But GOP lawmakers are competing against the Democratically-led House that will vote on a $500 million dollar bill Monday that increases taxes on items like gas and tobacco products. Governor Deval Patrick has threatened to veto the bill if lawmakers don’t raise more revenue to address the state’s needs.

“I want to be clear that I cannot support another effort to kick the can down the road, and I will not,” said Patrick.


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