“A dozen Democrats caved in to the Beacon Hill bosses and voted for a massive tax hike that even some Democrats said will hit middle class families hard,” Kirsten Hughes, chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party, said in the release. “What is more disappointing is that every Democrat rejected a tax free plan sponsored by Republican leaders that would have met the state’s transportation needs.”
State Sen. Bruce Tarr, D-Gloucester, the Senate minority leader whose district includes part of North Andover, said the Republican proposals to fund transportation without new revenue were ignored during the debate.
“These sweeping new taxes represent the outcome of a choice the Legislature didn’t have to make, and now Massachusetts consumers and businesses are going to be forced to live with the consequences of that choice for years to come,” he said in a statement.
Republicans unveiled an effort yesterday to put a ballot question before the voters next year to repeal the automatic gasoline tax increases that begin in 2015, when the tax will be tied to inflation. State Rep. James Lyons, R-Andover, was part of that group of Republicans.
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