Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Looking Kinda Stirred

I love the concept of Deval Patrick's highway transportation plans, but it's not exactly shaking the system up. Just get rid of all the tolls and bump up the gas tax by around 10 cents to compensate. It'll still be a low gas tax compared to the rest of the North East and would end the need for lines, extra bureaucracy and make sure that the expenses and burdens of government are shared. It's really a win, win, win.

The fact that people in the North Shore and Metro West have to pay $15-30 a week, much more in short order, while folks in the South Shore pay nothing is arbitrary and has a tremendous impact on working families. There's better ways to fund the state's roads, bridges and highways than an absolutely medieval funding mechanism that costs 75 cents of every dollar it brings in just to pay the toll workers. We can do better.

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