Tag Archives: Massachusetts Transportation

New Transportation Taxes Coming.

With Massachusetts looking at mid year budget cuts due to missing it’s revenue benchmarks, and with transportation scheduled for review in the coming month(s), it appears likely that there will be a strong push by the Governor and the legislative … Continue reading

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No Massachusetts Tax Reductions on January 1, and…..

The relatively modest reduction in the state income tax rate scheduled to occur on January 1, from 5.25% to 5.2%, will not occur, as the financial yardsticks necessary for implementation have not been met. As you may recall voters opted … Continue reading

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Alan LeBovidge resigns

Massachusetts Turnpike Director Alan LeBovidge resigned yesterday, citing a change in direction from the top: “It became clear to me that the basic operating premise had changed.” LeBovidge was criticized heavily, and rightly so, for the mess that happened on … Continue reading

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Toll Increases Delayed

The Governor today agreed to accept the legislative position that the toll increases voted by the Mass Pike Board be delayed, thereby taking away the March 29th deadline he had effectively imposed on the legislature to vote a gas tax … Continue reading

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Baddour Files Mass Trans Bill

Senator Steve Baddour has filed the legislative act to codify the concepts he announced last month with Senate President Therese Murray. I have attached the act as a pdf, but I have not as of yet seen an executive summary. … Continue reading

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Patrick Broaches New Toll Locations

Governor Deval Patrick, in an interview on WBUR, said that he had contacted federal authorities about the feasibility of adding tolls at all border locations. He indicated a belief that such a system could replace all of the current toll … Continue reading

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Senate Proposes Transportation Reforms

Senate President Therese Murray and Senate Transportation Chair Steve Baddour today presented a bold outline of where the Senate hopes to lead Massachusetts in transportation policy. The plan outlined today had no revenue component, but Senator Baddour estimates cost savings … Continue reading

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The Gas Tax It Is

It is quite obvious that we will have, probably within the next month, a proposal to shelve the toll increases proposed by the Mass Turnpike and move to a gas tax increase of undetermined magnitude. The Governor, engaged in an … Continue reading

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Patrick Names Aloisi

Governor Deval Patrick picked long time insider James Aloisi as his Secretary of Transportation today. Patrick made the announcement on a Friday afternoon when most everyone is concerned about the big storm bearing down on us and there are few … Continue reading

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The Globe on Transportation

Today’s Globe has another in what has become a series of editorials on transportation policy. Today’s editorial made some key points that are worth looking at. The idea of “reform before revenue” will not solve the mess we are in. … Continue reading

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