Why Balance is Important on Beacon Hill

The Transportation Finance Bill that passed in 2013 included a number of new taxes, including an increase in the gas tax, a tax on technology services (which was subsequently repealed) and an increase in the cigarette tax.  As a legislator who represents four towns that border another state, I had a conversation with a small business owner who will be negatively impacted by the increased cigarette tax. We need more balance on Beacon Hill… people who are focused on the reform side of the equation rather than just the revenue side.

The bill, and the increased taxes, passed on nearly straight party lines. Many border town businesses will feel the impact.

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