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Report suggests hiking rideshare fees, gas taxes, tolls to pay for transportation improvements

Report suggests hiking rideshare fees, gas taxes, tolls to pay for transportation improvements


THOMPSON WITH THIS.>>THE PRESIDENT OF THE GREATER
BOSTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CALLS
IT A WATERSHED MOMENT, 20 PLUS
BUSINESS GROUPS WORKING TOGETHER
FOR NEARLY A YEAR
RELEASING A REPORT CALLING FOR SERIOUS ACTION ON
TRANSPORTATION.>>THE CONCLUSION WAS THAT THERE
IS A LOT OF UNFUNDED PROJECT
AND A LOT OF NEED. HE SAYS THE BIG CONCLUSION
WAS RAISE ADDITIONAL REVENUE NOW
TO PLAN FOR LATER. THE GROUP UNANIMOUSLY AGREE ON A
NEED TO HIKE FEES FROM COMPANIES
LIKE UBER AND LYFT. AND EXPAND TOLLS, INCLUDING
CONGESTION PRICING, BUT THERE
WAS ALSO SOME SUPPORT FOR
RAISING THE GAS TAX A TOPIC THAT
TENDS TO GET POLITICAL. THE CHAMBER SAYS IT’S TIME TO
TALK ABOUT IT.>>IT IS A MUCH MORE COMPLEX
CONVERSATION THAN JUST MAKING
THE NUMBERS ADD UP, AND THE
GOVERNOR IS THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE
OF THE STATE, AND FRANKLY, WE
WOULDN’T BE MAKING THIS PROPOSAL BUT FOR THE WORK HE AND HIS
ADMINISTRATION HAVE DONE
— HAVE DONE.>>THIS REPORT WILL FUEL A
DEBATE ON BEACON HILL AS
TRANSPORTATION FUNDING BECOMES
MORE AND MORE CRITICAL. NOT ONLY TO SUPPORT A GROWIN
ECONOMY AND POPULATION, BUT THE
FUTURE OF MASSACHUSETTS AS A
WHOLE.>>THERE ARE A LOT OF WAYS IN
WHICH THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY ISp
IS THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF
THE COMMONWEALTH.>>THE HOUSE IS EXPECTED TO VOTE
ON A NEW TRANS

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