Impact of the repeal of the automatic gas tax increases

Road repairs vs car repairs

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts voters last November repealed the the automatic gas tax increases then-governor Deval Patrick signed into law.  And some voters may now feel that victory has back-fired.

The idea was to use the funds from the increased gas tax to repair our ageing roads and bridges. Drivers want to make sure potholes don’t damage their cars, and hope there’s a plan to smooth out the bumps.

“Well, we have a lot of smart people in government supposedly. So I would think they might be able to come up with a means to put money towards repairing the roads, without it having to come out of our pockets all the time,” West Springfield resident Deborah Benoit told 22News.

Because the automatic gas tax indexing was repealed, If the governor sees a need to increase the gas tax, he’ll have to go through the state legislature.

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