Letter from the Editor:Local Elected Officials Oppose Gas Tax Suspension

By William Tauro

This is what our local state officials think of our Somerville residents by voting against driver’s tax breaks! Just look how our representatives here in Somerville voted against it! Just look at their names and remember them! Remember in November!


By Bob Katzen

House 32-124, rejected an amendment that would have suspended the state’s 24-cents-per-gallon gas tax for 60 days. The measure also requires the state to use money from its General Fund to cover transportation costs, normally funded by the gas tax, such as road and bridge maintenance, during the two-month holiday.

Amendment supporters said that gas tax relief would help individuals with the rising costs of gas, transportation, groceries, goods and services.

Amendment opponents said the tax is currently paid by distributors, not directly by consumers at the pump. They noted that the amendment does not assure that the tax cut will be passed along to consumers.

(A “Yes” vote is for the temporary suspension of the gas tax. A “No” vote is against the suspension).

Rep. Christine Barber No Rep. Mike Connolly No Rep. Erika Uyterhoeven No

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