BOSTON (WWLP) - Opponents of the state's 3-cent gas tax hike are launching a ballot campaign to repeal part of the law that links future gas tax increases to inflation.
"So every year for the rest of eternity without any type of vote the gas tax will go up and we just find that completely against everything we believe in. That's taxation without representation," said Marty Lamb of Holliston.
Tax opponents will file a ballot petition to the attorney general before Wednesday's 5pm deadline to sever a transportation-tax law measure that ties future gas tax increases to the consumer price index. They're confident they'll collect the 70,000 signatures needed by mid-November to get their question on the 2014 statewide ballot. Republican Committeeman Steven Aylward says they aim to collect about 125,000 signatures in total.
"We are not getting any paid signatures. We're going to get it with grass roots people. It's going to be a cross section of the state," said Aylward. "I think everybody is going to join us in this effort because nobody wants to pay more in taxes."
But state lawmakers say gas tax revenue is needed to fund the state's transportation needs.
"In reality those dollars are gong to address some of the problems that have been neglected for a long period of time," said Rep. John Scibak (D) South Hadley.
$800 million dollars in revenue from taxes on gas, tobacco and computer software services is expected to be generated by 2017 to fix local roads, bridges and expand public transit.