Friday, May 22, 2009

Hang on.... the Pike Toll increases are now back in the news

Late today we get word from our friends at toll equity trust.

Please go to their web site for more details...
it's a lot easier to get to their e mail addresses from their web site if you choose to write them.

This was inevitable in most minds. The Big Hole dept and toll increases have taken a back seat to the sales tax increase. But as we all know, the amount of money needed to pay for the Big Hole will not be coming from a Sales Tax increase. More shell games to be played here in the coming weeks. July is right around the corner and the budget is supposed to be balanced. If you can and have time, write a note to those listed below and just state you want to keep the Toll Equity guarantee in the Transportation bill.

From the Salem News Report: "[Gov. Deval] Patrick shared the head table with state Rep. Lori Ehrlich, D-Marblehead. He praised her work on issues like the proposed toll hike. Nevertheless, commenting on a recent vote by the Legislature to increase the sales tax, Patrick hinted that it might not get toll payers completely off the hook.

"With sales tax revenues, he indicated, the tolls might not have to be raised "as steeply as we otherwise would have to."

The Governor's suggestion that there may still have to be toll hikes even with a proposed sales tax increase is more reason why the Toll Equity guarantee passed by the House must be in the final Transportation Bill. Toll Equity guarantees that the toll being charged is for the service being provided. Toll Equity eliminates the 138% "Big Dig" tax that is added to the real cost of providing turnpike service. This is our best opportunity, since the legislature created the Turnpike Authority in 1952, to ensure toll fairness and honesty. The time to act is now!
Please call or email the Transportation Conference Committee members and urge them to keep the Toll Equity guarantee in the Transportation bill.
Please email or call the offices of the Transportation Conference Committee Members:

* Sen. Steven Baddour, Methuen
* Sen. Stephen Brewer, Barre
* Sen. Robert Hedlund, Weymouth
* Rep. Joseph Wagner, Chicopee
* Rep. Charles Murphy, Burlington
* Rep. George Peterson, Grafton

Make sure that you also call or write the Governor's Office and cc the Governor regarding any of your emails or letters to others. And don't be shy about writing or calling your local newspaper, TV or radio station. Get the word out.

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At May 24, 2009 at 4:19 PM , Blogger Edward said...

I thought the sales tax hike was suppose to be enough to eliminate other increases? How can they continue to get away with this stuff? I can not afford to pay both the increased sales tax and an increase in the tolls, and I am sure I am not alone in being in that position. What happens when we simply run out of money ourselves. Will the state bail us out like they expect us to bail them out? I doubt it!

At May 24, 2009 at 4:21 PM , Blogger Friend said...

I am seriously thinking of leaving MA only because I can not afford to live here anymore. Why not move to NH where I can avoid commuting to Boston on a toll road, and I can not have to pay any sales tax at all, and my commute will be shorter because no toll booths to slow me down. Sounds like a good choice to me at this point

At May 26, 2009 at 1:21 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

When all is said and signed by the middle of this summer.... many may think of moving out of the area and I don't blame a soul.

Though I do think the one party rule has given more credence to changing things around in 2010. Rolling back these taxes with new revenue sources may well be an excellent platform for those who want to run.


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