The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance joined several House and Senate lawmakers outside the State House today, calling attention to legislation that brings relief to motorists by suspending the state gas tax.
An amendment (#4) to a supplemental budget bill (S.2776), calling for a gas tax suspension is expected to be voted on Thursday in the State Senate, and a separate piece of legislation calling for a gas tax suspension (SD.3052), An Act Providing Relief to Massachusetts Motorists, has also been filed. Also speaking today was Chris Carlozzi, the state Director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses.
“MassFiscal is pleased to join lawmakers today to bring attention to legislation that would provide immediate relief for Massachusetts motorists. The Democratic Governor of Connecticut and the Republican Governor of New Hampshire recently said they will support legislation to suspend their state’s gas tax and Massachusetts is falling behind. The Connecticut legislature is already expected to vote on and pass a similar gas tax suspension later today. This press conference aims to urge State House leaders to take action today, to bring relief now, for our state’s motorists at a time where tax collections have come in consistently above projection and federal aid is at unprecedented levels,” stated Paul Diego Craney, spokesperson for Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance.
“Some State House leaders may think it’s a gimmick to suspend a tax, but for middle class motorists, it means more money in their bank account. The state can and should take action to support its struggling middle class motorists and taking action today, is one step closer to providing that immediate relief,” concluded Craney.