Comments on tolls from the Governor to the south

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Comments on tolls from the Governor to the south

Postby mmoy » Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:57 pm

Patrick, who initially made comments about the gas taxes during an online chat with readers on boston.com, reiterated the comments yesterday afternoon to reporters in a State House hallway but also maintained that his position had not changed on the issue.

"If the gas tax has a role in making that all work, and we get consensus in the building, then we may be there," he said. "But we'll have to see."

Patrick said that any increase in the gas tax should be high enough to not only avoid the latest round of toll hikes but to remove toll booths completely, or avoid future sharp increases.

He also said there should be provisions that the money not be used for anything but transportation, and that a gas tax hike be linked to overall transportation reform, including creating a single umbrella transportation agency.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massac ... g_gas_tax/

The Legislature is against sharply higher toll rates in MA which put them at odds with Governor Patrick in the past.
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Re: Comments on tolls from the Governor to the south

Postby Jeannine Stergios » Tue Jan 13, 2009 5:04 pm

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creating a single umbrella transportation agency.


Oh good - another bureaucracy where cronies can get paid top dollar. I don't think Deval will be re-elected. He has done zero for MA other than cost them more money.
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Re: Comments on tolls from the Governor to the south

Postby mmoy » Tue Jan 13, 2009 5:15 pm

I think Patrick wants to get rid of the Mass Turnpike Authority but it's a dumping ground so there may be pushback from the legislative branch. Patrick hasn't done much for the state but getting rid of the tolls would be a positive step in reducing traffic jobs, congestion and pollution.

I don't see anyone on the horizon running to oust Patrick. There have been so many scandals in MA lately that one gets the impression that nobody is really clean. He may get reelected just due to a lack of effective opponents. And he always has Axelrod available who now has an impressive record and could probably get Obama to campaign for him.
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Re: Comments on tolls from the Governor to the south

Postby Jeannine Stergios » Wed Jan 14, 2009 10:55 am

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And he always has Axelrod available who now has an impressive record and could probably get Obama to campaign for him.


Seeing that Patrick is also from Chicago I'm sure Obama would help him get re-elected. Is it just me or does anyone else how corrupt our government is at all levels?
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Re: Comments on tolls from the Governor to the south

Postby mmoy » Wed Jan 14, 2009 11:01 am

Well, this really isn't a politics board.
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Re: Comments on tolls from the Governor to the south

Postby Michael Pelletier » Wed Jan 14, 2009 3:22 pm

He also said there should be provisions that the money not be used for anything but transportation, ...

We've seen how well that works here in New Hampshire, haven't we? Maybe Mass. will have the foresight to impose criminal penalties for diversion of such funds to non-transportation uses.
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Re: Comments on tolls from the Governor to the south

Postby mmoy » Sat Jan 24, 2009 11:25 am

Gov: Mass. has asked feds about border tolls
By Jack Minch, jminch@lowellsun.com
Updated: 01/24/2009 06:35:57 AM EST

Gov. Deval Patrick was on WBUR radio yesterday when he told a caller that he has asked federal officials about the potential for putting up toll booths at major border crossings with New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island.

Patrick's comments come just a few weeks after New Hampshire Transportation Commissioner George Campbell said he had asked federal highway officials to allow a test toll booth with $2 fees on Interstate 93 at the state line. The Granite state is looking to fund a 19-mile widening of the highway from Salem to Manchester.

Administration spokesman Klark Jessen said Patrick was talking in broad terms when he answered a question about toll booths at the borders.
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Re: Comments on tolls from the Governor to the south

Postby Michael Pelletier » Fri Feb 27, 2009 3:46 am

mmoy wrote:Patrick, who initially made comments about the gas taxes during an online chat with readers on boston.com, reiterated the comments yesterday afternoon to reporters in a State House hallway but also maintained that his position had not changed on the issue.

"If the gas tax has a role in making that all work, and we get consensus in the building, then we may be there," he said. "But we'll have to see."


Gov. Deval Patrick has book deal
"Drawing upon his extraordinary journey from Chicago's Wabash Avenue to the Massachusetts State House on Boston's fabled Beacon Hill, Gov. Patrick will offer in his book a series of lessons and insights on life and leadership," according to a statement released Friday by Broadway Books, an imprint of Random House, Inc.


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Re: Comments on tolls from the Governor to the south

Postby Michael Pelletier » Fri Feb 27, 2009 3:49 am

mmoy wrote:Gov. Deval Patrick was on WBUR radio yesterday when he told a caller that he has asked federal officials about the potential for putting up toll booths at major border crossings with New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island.

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