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Friday, October 17, 2008

For whom the road tolls

Deval Patrick may be on to something with his offhand remark about border tolls to help pay for Massachusetts' staggering transportation debts.

Toll booths on 93 and 95 at the New Hampshire line? Works for me. It's about time to get something back from the folks who work in Massachusetts and take themselves across the border to "tax-free" New Hampshire every night.

What's that you say -- it's not fair to tax people just for the privilege of using the roads? Fine, if New Hampshire forgoes the revenue it gets for allowing people to pass through Hampton on the way to Maine we can call it even.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

An interesting post, but I must relate my favorite outrage:

Apparently, it wasn't enough that the folks (read: carpetbaggers) living in southern NH get to work at the good jobs on 128 and environs. The Commonwealth even expanded Route 3 so they could get there more comfortably! How the hell was a toll not part of that deal? - issacg

October 17, 2008 11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The NH folk, who work in MA, pay MA Income Tax. Maybe they also pay MA Meal and Gas Tax. It appears to me that MA get all the income and little of the expense for these NH folk.

October 17, 2008 2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It's about time to get something back from the folks who work in Massachusetts and take themselves across the border to "tax-free" New Hampshire every night."

You mean, besides having to pay Massachusetts income tax? One would think that more than compensates for their highway usage.

October 18, 2008 6:17 AM  

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