29 Democratic State Senators Voted to Keep Prices Higher
MassFiscal applauded the 11 bi-partisan state senators who voted in favor of suspending the state’s 24 cent gas tax until after Labor Day. Unfortunately, the amendment offered by state Senator Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton) failed by a vote of 11-29. During the debate, several state senators spoke in favor and against the amendment. Senator Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport) described the gas tax suspension as a “gimmick.” A copy of the roll call vote may be found here.
“When Massachusetts motorists suffer with higher gas prices, they can blame Washington politicians and 29 of their Democratic Massachusetts state senators. It’s really calloused of these 29 Democratic state senators, who all get paid extra to drive to work, to vote against providing immediate relief for their struggling constituents and small businesses,” stated Paul Diego Craney, spokesperson for Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance.
“With today’s vote, it’s important for Massachusetts motorists to understand that 29 of their Democratic state senators had an opportunity to lower gas prices but instead chose to keep them higher. These 29 Democratic state senators need to be held accountable by their constituents. While other blue, red and purple states take action to lower gas prices, these 29 Democratic state senators voted to keep them higher,” concluded Craney.