Dem Chair Calls For Tolls On Nearly All MA Highways After Mileage Tax Hopes Dashed

BOSTON -- Democrats are looking for a new way to grab even more money from the people of Massachusetts after their hopes for a driving tax were dashed by Gov. Charlie Baker. MassDems Chairman Sen. Tom McGee this week called for expanding tolls to more Massachusetts roads.  


"The Democrats' demand to toll nearly every driver in the Commonwealth makes one wonder what way they will come up with next to take people's money," said MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes. "First they claim the income tax hike will be a transportation cure-all, then they want to tax drivers for every mile they drive and now they are calling for new tolls on nearly every major highway in the state. Where does it end?" 

MassDems Chairman McGee called for more tolls on Massachusetts roads. "One of the few speakers, Sen. Thomas McGee (D-Lynn), said he did not object to the change over to electronic tolling. Instead, he said the state’s toll system is inequitable. 'I am not standing up here to oppose tolls, I am standing up here to say we need to find a fair way to address the transportation deficit we have in the commonwealth,' he said. He called upon the Baker administration to consider expanding tolls to other areas of the state including routes 93, 95 and 128." (Thomas Grillo, "Few takers show up at toll hearing," Lynn Item, 9/7/16)