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Massachusetts Considers Gas Tax Hike to Fix Transportation Woes

Jan. 15, 2020, 9:45 AM

Massachusetts is about to launch into a full-on debate about raising taxes or adding fees on gasoline—or both—to fund the state’s ailing transportation infrastructure.

Nearly all agree that more spending is needed: The Boston subway accounted for 37% of derailments nationwide in 2019, according to an analysis of Federal Transit Administration data by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, which has flagged transportation as a top advocacy issue.

The public transit system and roads are also plagued by overcrowding and hyper-congestion, according to a recent report to Gov. Charlie Baker (R).

Lawmakers have heard the call for improvements, and...

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