Skip to comments.15-cent gas tax increase overwhelmingly opposed by Bay State residents, new poll indicates
Posted on 01/06/2013 6:27:36 PM PST by matt04
Massachusetts residents would overwhelmingly oppose a 15-cent increase in the gas tax to help pay for transportation needs, according to the partial results of a poll obtained by the News Service and conducted for a coalition that supports raising the income tax to invest in cities and towns.
The poll, conducted by veteran Boston pollster Tom Kiley for the Campaign for Our Communities, showed 83 percent of Massachusetts residents would disapprove of a proposal to hike the gas tax to 36 cents per gallon, including 68 percent who strongly disapprove.
A total of 17 percent of respondents said they would support such a gas tax increase, with only 7 percent strongly approving. The poll sampled 600 Massachusetts voters from Dec. 12 through Dec. 15.
Gov. Deval L. Patrick on Thursday said his administrations long-awaited transportation financing plan will be rolled out over the next month in two phases, starting with a report due to the Legislature on Monday that will detail a menu of options to pay for infrastructure improvements and maintenance.
By law, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board is required to produce a financing plan by Jan. 7 to address what has been suggested to be a $1 billion a year gap between available resources and need. Patrick said he will be briefed on the MassDOT report later Thursday or Friday, but wont make specific recommendations until his annual State of Commonwealth address on Jan. 16, or when he files his budget, which is due by Jan. 23.
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But, but, but..... It’s for the children!!!
Guess what percentage don’t buy gas - (hint: it’s right around 17% LOL)
There will be no tax hikes in liberal land,if the liberals have anything to say about it.
Where were they when Obama told them their electricity rates would sky rocket under his administration?
Maybe they can borrow from the Chinese to pay for roads and bridges. Maybe a new cigarette tax, or a booze tax on the Kennedy’s.
I was thinking the same thing. Those same hippies don’t realize that the price of everything is attached to fuel costs although it might be a negligible increase.
I commute by bike BTW.
A booze tax on the Kennedy’s would certainly raise a lot
of money-perhaps even balance the state bduget.
Out of curiosity, how much of this increase would be diverted to mass transit rather than actual bridge and highway funding?
now there's an unbiased source if there ever was one...
I’ll take 50% mass transit, 25% disappeared, 15% to administration, 9% alternative energy and 1% actual “shovel ready” jobs.
How very unpatriotic of them!
No,it's *not* for the children.The money will wind up going to paying for sex change operations for convicted murderers...as was recently ruled by one of our courts for one of our more notorious wife murderers.
They’re just running these polls to justify open road tolling AND gas taxes.
Sometime in the late 1990’s or early 2000’s there was a ballot question in MA about removing a tax (or perhaps it was a specific road toll) which passed but the legislature overruled it anyway. Does anybody remember that?
Where is their patriotism? Don’t they want to do their fair share? Don’t they care about the planet? Uncle Slow Joe is going to be very disappointed that they refused to get in the game, man.