Monday, December 21, 2009

tax payer bottled water, Mass Pike revenue drops

For those who have heard my rants on the biggest scam to take our money, a non profit group has found that Mass has spent 527,000 dollars on bottled water. Mostly for the 5 gallon jugs. Senior organizer Deborah Lapidus for the Corporate Accountability International says that 'beyond the actual money spent, it's also a question of support for public water systems". Deval has signed an order back in 07 requiring the State to consider environmentally preferable purchasing practices. Out leadership is under water on this I think.

No big surprise here, toll revenue is down. If things continue on this way, it will be twice in 52 years that revenue has gone down along with toll road usage. This means, Mass Pike revenue is down by 8.7 million this year, a drop of 3 %. Mass Pike transactions (every time you pay a toll) is down by 2.5 million.

It doesn't take a PhD to assume that with half a million people are unemployed residents in State, less people are driving to work. But some of the decrease must be attributed to all of us who are trying not to travel the Pike, the price of gas and perhaps cut out wasteful driving.

All well and good, but with that much loss in revenue, especially now with us already 600 mill in the whole for just this year, one has to wonder, when the gas tax will come up. And I'll bet it does very soon, unless Deval does something drastic.

9 Comments:

At December 22, 2009 at 12:54 PM , Blogger 6th Middlesex constituent said...

Whew you sure do keep busy here even when it is Christmas. However I do come here less because of the hustle and bustle of the holidays. But thanks for keeping this updated especially on that bottled water issue. To quote you I don't think you need to be a PhD to think that would be a good thing to cut from the budget if you need to do some cutting. Better that than teachers or cops. How come this has not been cut already? Would like to see some follow up on what happens here. Off for the holiday now so Merry Christmas to all and see you back here after the New Year. Again thanks for all your hard work here Pillsbury. Much appreciated.

 
At December 22, 2009 at 3:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just found this blog by accident but glad I found it. Like the topics and the spin here so will be back. Nice to see someone who does this round-up of things important to the everyday guy like me.

 
At December 22, 2009 at 3:42 PM , Blogger Anderson said...

The mass pike saga continues. Not only will we be hearing about the gas tax soon but those tolls increases will once again be staring us in the face. This has to be the most expensive project in history. These tolls were suppose to pay for the building of this road. If we are still paying for this now then it has to have cost more than the big dig cost and that was a ridiculously expensive project in and of itself. MA budget management at its best here. When will this stop?

 
At December 22, 2009 at 4:29 PM , Blogger fed up in framingham said...

I think this state needs to appoint someone to approve every single line item expense in the budget that is over $5000 and to publish every single line item in the budget over that amount somewhere that all of us could easily read it. Might make them think twice if they knew we would see what they spend money on and would certainly give us the ability to look at where our money is being spent. Is this information readily available to any of us now? By the way I have not been able to get a comment on here for a few days now. Nice to be able to write once again.

 
At December 22, 2009 at 4:54 PM , Blogger Abra said...

Water, the pike, Demassis legal expenses, legislators stipends for going to work, cushy jobs, any wonder the MA is broke and not balanced the buget? Want to know where you’re money is be spent? Go to state employees house and see the stuff under their christmas tree. I stoped expecting things to get better long ago.

 
At December 22, 2009 at 6:05 PM , Blogger JJ said...

Happy Holidays to you and yours Jim. Nice blog you have here, I stop by a couple of times a week to catch up on what I might have missed in the regular news cycle. Really do enjoy the banter going back and forth here.

 
At December 23, 2009 at 9:21 AM , Blogger Friend said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my fellow bloggers here. Hope the holidays bring all lots of good cheer. See you all here next year.

 
At December 23, 2009 at 11:05 AM , Blogger Old soldier said...

Look forward to reading more on this blog in the New Year. Safe and happy holiday to all. Remember our troops and their families in your thoughts and prayers over this season.

 
At December 23, 2009 at 1:32 PM , Blogger abby said...

Enough about the state of the state. Time to move on the the holiday’s. Hope you all enjoy the season. Best wishes.

 

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