Monday, February 9, 2009

Gas Prices on the Rise, Talk of Gas Tax Hike Ramping Up

Gas prices are on the move again here in the Commonwealth, and the direction is up.
According to the latest AAA Southern New England survey, the average price of gasoline rose again this past week, for the fifth consecutive week. A gallon of regular will now set you back about $1.90 in Massachusetts.

And while the Commonwealth stands just below the national average, that is no excuse to justify the increase of the gas tax. Instead of the state reaching into the pockets of taxpayers yet again, how about instituting some real reform first.

Why is it, raise the gas tax or hike the tolls? The Democrats try to paint it as an either/or situation but we in the GOP Caucus believe there are other solutions. We should instead take a hard deep look at what we’re spending taxpayer money on and find the areas where we can cut and become more efficient. Taxpayers can’t afford to give up another penny of their hard earned cash as they are already struggling to heat their homes and put food on the table.