MassFiscal Comments on Methuen Resolution Against Tolls at the Border

Secretary Tibbits-Nutt Toll Idea Opposed by Prominent Border City

The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance offered the following statement today after it was reported that the Methuen City Council passed a resolution opposing Governor Maura Healey’s Secretary of Transportation, Monica Tibbits Nutt’s policy idea to impose tolls at the state border. The Methuen Council passed the resolution on Monday night. The resolution states it rejects “any and all proposals to install passage tolls at the border” of the state and it was unanimously approved. To read more about the resolution, please click here.   

 “Secretary of Transportation Monica Tibbits-Nutt’s reprehensible remarks are being met with resistance, the latest coming from the Methuen City Council. The idea of imposing tolls at the border to inflict economic harm to motorists from out of state, also comes with a significant negative impact for the communities within Massachusetts. The Methuen City Council made their voice heard by proactively stating their position against the idea of imposing a new toll at the state border. It seems like Secretary Tibbits-Nutt and her transportation funding task force have a very high hurdle to overcome if they want to impose tolls, or other new taxes and fees. A recent poll commissioned by the Fiscal Alliance Foundation of Massachusetts voters found little support for any of the revenue rendering ideas Tibbits Nutt revealed. Perhaps the Secretary of Transportation should use her time with her task force to look at how the state can become more efficient with our tax dollars,” stated Paul Diego Craney, spokesman for the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance.

To download the Fiscal Alliance Foundation’s poll, please click here.

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