lawmakers discussed a 10-cent-a-gallon hike in fuel taxes last week
as a way to pump millions into cash-strapped state coffers, the Boston Herald reported.
leaders, however, said it’s doubtful that a nearly 50 percent increase
in the state fuel tax would pass this year, especially as prices
at the pump remain at record levels.
by state Rep. Angelo Scaccia, D-Boston, HB469 was discussed at a
joint taxation committee hearing March 18. The measure would raise
the state’s fuel tax from 21 cents a gallon to 31 cents a gallon.
Paul Casey, co-chair of the taxation committee, told the newspaper
Scaccia’s bill would generate at least another $200 million in state
revenue. While most fuel taxes fund transportation programs, Casey
said HB469 would give the extra revenue to the state’s general fund
to help offset a looming $3 billion budget gap in fiscal 2004.
said persistent lawmakers could keep a fuel tax hike proposal alive,
but he said it was unlikely to pass this year.
poll indicates that’s the tax everybody gets infuriated at,” Casey,
D-Winchester, told the Herald. “For the amount of calls and
… public angst that it raises, you get a very small return.”
tax panel also heard testimony about HB279, which would cut the
tax by 10 cents. Casey said that proposal stood little chance for