Martin Institute to Host Public Discussion on Transportation Ballot Question

September 19, 2014


On Tuesday, September 23rd at 12 noon, the Martin Institute at Stonehill will host a luncheon featuring two public transportation supporters who are campaigning against a November Ballot Question that seeks to repeal a Massachusetts law indexing gas tax increases. Lunch is included to those attending the event, free of charge, but advanced reservations are required by emailing npreston@stonehill.edu.

Lizzi Weyant is the advocacy director of Transportation for Massachusetts, a coalition of state organizations working to create safe, convenient, and affordable transportation choices for everyone in the Commonwealth.  Esmael Ansari represents the Committee for Safer Roads and Bridges, which is opposed to Question One.

Question 1, if approved by voters, would repeal a 2013 law that ties gas tax increases to inflation, allowing for automatic annual increases in the state's gas tax.

Proponents of repealing gas tax indexing believe the measure amounts to taxation without representation and that it contributes to fiscal mismanagement.  Those who support indexing gas taxes believe it provides necessary funding for critical public transportation projects and options.

Weyant’s and Ansari’s groups worked to pass the indexing of gas taxes last year.  They now have joined with others to “defeat this irresponsible initiative and defend the victory that we won for better public transportation, walkable communities, and safer roads and bridges in 2013.”

“On the campaign trail, you’ll find a stark partisan split between the candidates when addressing this issue. All of the Democrats in last week’s gubernatorial primary supported indexing, while both Republicans were against it,” wrote Steve Koczela of WBUR recently.

This week’s WBUR Tracking Poll found 39 percent of voters in favor of repeal of the gas tax indexing, 45 percent opposed, and 16 percent undecided. Democrats oppose repeal by an 8-point margin, while Republicans are evenly divided on the issue.

The event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

Event:
Public Discussion on Transportation Ballot Question
Date:
Tuesday, September 23
Time:
12 noon  
Location:
The Martin Institute at Stonehill College. 320 Washington St, Easton, MA 02357
Admission:
All are welcome; Admission is free of charge.
Contact:
For more information and to register email npreston@stonehill.edu