Nothing really unless you:
- drive the potholes of Routes 495 and 95 or
- cross the rusty Whittier Bridge or
- ride the undermarketed and underused Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority bus which actually is a viable way to get around Newburyport assuming you knew anything about it or
- use the woefully inadequate (yet free for all including NH drivers who park their cars for 28 days while escaping the winter via Logan) Park N' Ride or
- use Commuter Rail jamming your paper parking dollars into a little slot so you can ride an awfully late train into Boston.
I'm also for paying for what needs to be done.
I think an additional 19 cents per gallon is a reasonable way to pay for it. The Globe makes a compelling case here in this editorial. There has been no increase in the gas tax in many many years and the results are evident unless you've been living in a cave. I drive 68 miles back and forth to work each day in a car with 145,000 miles on it, so I will feel the pain in the pump, but that is preferable to feeling the pain in the bumps. (Okay, that's really bad but second cup of coffee hasn't kicked in)
By the way, NH has a proposal on the table for a 15 cent increase phased in over three years. So I guess I won't be driving 10 miles back and forth to Seabrook to load up on that cheap gas because it won't be that cheap.
From the picture painted by the Boston Herald, Barbara Anderson, and some MA Republicans, one would think that NH is a land of free milk and honey. Last time I looked their meals tax was 8%, their property taxes included a local tax AND a state tax, their toll whacks drivers for taking a 15 mile short cut through their state, and their hard alcohol is sold in State stores only. Talk about creeping Socialism!
Currently Fed Gas tax per gallon is 18.4 cents, MA State tax is 23.5 which includes 2 cents for Underground Storage Tank removal statewide, and NH is 19.6 cents. Yeah, we're not much cheaper than NH and if ours goes up 19 cents and theirs goes up 15 cents....well you do the math.
Additional data below from http://www.massachusettsgasprices.com/tax_info.aspx which is I've distilled into Fed and state data. I'd be happy to email you a little Excel Chart I made from the data.
|State||Fed Gas Tax||State Gas Tax|
|Dist. of Columbia||18.40||20.00|
|Mass Proposed 19 cent||18.40||42.50|
|NH Proposed 15 cent||18.40||34.50|