Article and photos by David Ertischek
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South End Patch News
By: Bret Silverberg
Gov. Deval Patrick said he would not support a new transportation finance plan that would create $ 500 million in new taxes.South End Patch News
State House and Senate lawmakers have announced a joint transportation plan which would close an estimated five-year, $ 2.3 billion transportation budget gap through tax increases to cigarettes, gas and new taxes on business technologies.
The plan, which would create $ 500 million in new revenue, focuses on long-term financing for the state’s regional transit authorities and the state department of transportation, asks the MBTA and MassDOT to continue to hit revenue and savings targets, moves employees off of the capital budget for three years and fully funds the state ice and snow budget.
The plan was unveiled at a State House news conference Tuesday led by Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray.
To provide new revenue to close the estimated five-year out gap there would be a 3-cent gas tax increase (which would be indexed to inflation), a $ 1 per-pack increase on cigarettes along with excise tax increases on cigars and smokeless tobacco, a new sales tax for businesses for software purchases, an elimination of the “utility” tax classification and a changing of the sourcing of the state’s sales factor system, which would require out of state companies that sell products in state to pay more in taxes.