Saturday, April 13, 2013
Senator Rush offered an amendment to the bill regarding the deferral of the gas tax increase it contains. If passed this amendment would create a special legislative task force to investigate, study, and develop a legislative package to include MBTA cost saving reform measures and potential new revenue sources.
Pursuant to the amendment, the gas tax increases in the current bill would not go into effect until the task force develops a reform package that is signed into law. This amendment is meant to force state government to address cost-saving reforms before asking for more money from taxpayers.
Unfortunately the amendment failed by a vote of 7-24. Posted below is a copy of the actual roll call vote taken by the members.