Today the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court handed down a decision that blocks the proposed surtax on incomes over $1 million.
The gas tax is dedicated by law to highway and transit maintenance and improvements. Needless to say, I am opposed to anything that would reduce current or future revenues dedicated to these purposes. But I want to emphasize three particular reasons why I supported the gas tax indexing as a legislator.
Sen. Brownsberger, have there been any efforts at the state level to look into the efficiency of our transportation spending? It seems like projects are often over budget and very expensive compared to costs in other states. It’s great that we now have increased funding for transportation, but it’s equally important that we are getting […]
Last week one night I was driving home from Ipswich on my way back to Wayland. I was on Rt 128 going south. What I noticed was that this major highway – this through fare of Boston and of our ‘high-tech’ corridor was so ‘patched’ with tar from an ever growing cancer of pot holes […]
On Wednesday, March 12th the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors voted to increase the fees for some Registry of Motor Vehicle (RMV) transactions. RMV fees go directly into the Commonwealth Transportation Fund and are used “…exclusively for financing transportation-related purposes.” The new vehicle registration fee for non-commercial vehicles will increase from $50 […]
Last Thursday, March 6th, the Senate passed its version of the Transportation Bond Bill, authorizing $13 billion of capital spending over the next 5 years. The House passed its version on January 29th. Senator Brownsberger in collaboration with House and Senate colleagues secured funding for several projects that will impact residents of Allston, Back Bay, […]