Virtually all local legislators said they are against Gov. Deval L. Patrick’s bid to boost the state 23.5 cents per gallon gas tax by 19 cents, making it the highest in the nation….
The three Republican legislators in Western Massachusetts – Sen. Michael R. Knapik and Reps. Donald F. Humason of Westfield and Todd M. Smola of Palmer – said they are flatly opposed to any increase. The recession makes it the wrong time to raise taxes, they said.
- Rep. Thomas M. Petrolati, D-Ludlow: Against the tax increase at this time.
- Rep. Joseph F. Wagner, D-Chicopee: 19 cents is too steep.
- Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, D-Amherst: "I do not support the 19 cent tax,"
- Rep. Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera, D-Springfield: "It's not fair that people need to pay for mismanagement of the Big Dig and the MBTA."
- Rep. Brian M. Ashe, D-Longmeadow: "We are getting the short end of the stick."
Overall, in WMass here is the breakdown:
House: 0 Yes, 13 No, 5 Maybe
Senate: 0 Yes, 4 No, 2 Maybe
How bad does a tax increase have to be for Stan Rosenberg to speak out against it? For many years I thought that was a rhetorical question. Now I guess we know the answer. Also, if a tree falls in a forest it does, in fact, make a sound. And, if a woodchuck could chuck wood, a woodchuck would chuck as much wood as a woodchuck could chuck wood.
Also, please pay attention to the breakdown of the 19 cents. 4 cents to “roll back the proposed toll increase.” 6 cents to “preserve current MBTA service and prevent a fare increase.” Together, these 2 items are a majority of Deval’s tax hike. TRANSLATION: We’re just taking it because we want higher taxes. These actually don’t do anything except raise your taxes.