Patrick: Gas Tax Not Answer To Mass. Transit Money Problems

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick says he no longer sees the gasoline tax as a long-term solution to the state’s transportation woes.

During his monthly “Ask the Governor” program on WTKK-FM Thursday, Patrick said the growing movement toward fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles and electric cars will make the gasoline tax a less viable revenue source in the future.

Proposed fare hikes of up to 43 percent on the MBTA have prompted some renewed calls to raise the state’s current 21-cents-per-gallon gasoline tax as an alternative method of funding public transit and other transportation priorities.

Patrick sought a 19-cent increase in the gas tax during his first term as governor, but the Legislature said no.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

  • Taxedout

    Soda tax, candy tax….Does this guy have any other idea’s??? Must spend a lot of time in his mansion just thinking about taxes…Hello nobody’s working, and my tires are getting bald from going to NH every week!!!

    • ELaw

      And those Massachusetts roads you’re wearing your tires out on… I guess you think those should be free? Here’s something you may not know: those roads didn’t just magically appear out of nowhere, and they’re not maintained for no cost by “the road fairy”.

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