Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Senator Tarr's Statement on Transportation Finance Bill Veto Override Vote

Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) released the following statement today regarding the State Senate overriding a Governor’s veto to H.3535, An Act relative to transportation finance, which ultimately passed by a roll call vote of 35-5:

“The votes taken today to approve the Transportation Finance Bill over the objections of Governor Patrick put us on an unsound path of increasing taxes by hundreds of millions of dollars without first capturing promised savings from reform, burdening motorists with fuel taxes that will increase without legislative approval into perpetuity, and making a promising growth sector in computer software services less competitive by singling it out for a new tax.

Clearly our transportation systems need improvement, but the path chosen today subordinates savings, reform and economic growth to the types of taxing and spending solutions that have caused so many problems in the past.”