Tag Archives: tolls

Five Things: Herald on Spilka, Wolf Should Challenge Ethics in Court, Vega Out and more……

Boston Herald Labels Spilka Flip Flopper Great minds think alike.  On the heels of RedMassGroup.com blog post yesterday, the Boston Herald also focuses on the flip flopping nature and political expediency of Spilka’s position. “I’ve heard from a lot of tech businesses and a lot of people – more than I think we normally hear from,” said Spilka. “There’s…

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Western Mass Toll Hiker Aaron Vega to Run for Western Mass Senate Special

A little noticed part of the recently passed transportation finance bill is a provision reinstating, after 17 years, the tolls on the westernmost six exits of the Massachusetts Turnpike.  MassLive.com has the details. Drivers of passenger vehicles would begin paying tolls again on Oct. 15 between Exits 1 and 6 on the western end of the Massachusetts Turnpike, according…

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BHI’s new study on the Proposed Tax Increases for Infrastructure and Education in the Commonwealth

(BOSTON – May 21, 2013) The current version of the state legislature’s proposed budget will diminish economic activity less than the Governor’s original House 1 proposal. This is the finding of a new study from the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University. Applying its State Tax Analysis Modeling Program (STAMP), the Institute compared both budget proposals and found that the…

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When is Enough, Enough?

Last year we defeated the Tunnel and Pike Hike, but government does not seem to get it. Rather than make our lives less expensive in the form of less tolls, our Governor is finding a way to make tolls more acceptable all over Massachusetts. Under the guise of saving the state money in toll worker jobs, Deval Patrick is seeking…

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GOP calls on Transportation Secretary Aloisi to resign

( – promoted by DD4RP) The Governor has canceled all forthcoming public hearings on a proposed MBTA fare hike. Ostensibly the Governor would like to review the findings of a commission headed by former Hancock CEO David “I love the Big Dig waste and corruption” D’Alessandro. Meanwhile the state GOP is calling upon Transportation Secretary James “Big Dig Culturcrat” Aloisi…

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Transportation Reform ?

wbz1030 radio reported this afternoon (amongst the widespread reports of a massive backup on I-93N, 495, and 128 because it was apparently a good time to do bridge work) that our esteemed Sen President Murray assures us that a transportation reform bill will be on the gov’s desk before the impending July 1st toll hikes. Unless it starts with the…

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Despite the Sales Tax Increase the Tolls are Coming?!?

Beleaguered Pike drivers could face a double whammy of tax and toll hikes as Beacon Hill leaders hinted yesterday a 25-percent sales tax hike still doesn’t address long-term transportation needs. “It’s not going to be enough for really anything going forward,” said Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) of the sales tax hike when asked yesterday about transportation costs in the…

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