Tuesday, April 16, 2013
During today’s Senate debate of a transportation finance bill, I offered an amendment that removes all taxes from S.1766, An Act Relative to Transportation Finance. The gas tax, and the computer services and software tax are just a few of the taxes and tax increases included in the bill. I offered the amendment together with the Senate Republican Caucus because we believe that there are other ways for the state to generate revenue without massive tax increases.
There are significant reforms and cost saving measures that should be implemented before a dime is taken out of the pockets of the taxpayers. Revenue sources such as raising taxes and other similar measures could well destabilize what is already fragile economic recovery. Unfortunately, our view was not shared by the majority party and the amendment failed by a roll call vote of 4-29. Posted below is the vote made by all the members of the Senate.