Ballot Question 1: Eliminating Gas Tax Indexing

CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) – Ballot Question 1 would repeal the part of last year’s gasoline tax hike that would adjust the tax annually according to the inflation rate.

Steve Aylward of Watertown led the petition drive to get Question 1 on the ballot. He’s fine with the current state gas tax of 24-cents a gallon.

“If you wanted to raise taxes, then take the vote. Don’t burden our children with a vote in ten years that you took today,” Aylward told WBZ NewsRadio 1030. “That’s taxation without representation.”

But Michael Widmer, head of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said that is not accurate.

“This is very common to have an adjustment to reflect increases in cost of living, both for taxes and for benefit,” Widmer said.

Mary Maguire of AAA Southern New England said the amount of work that needs to be done requires a reliable revenue stream.

“I think when…

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