Gov: Mass. has asked feds about border tolls

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Is a toll-booth war brewing between Massachusetts and New Hampshire? As the states desperately try to balance budgets during this recession, motorists could be caught in the crossfire as they navigate major ... Full Story
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Okay

Chelmsford, MA

#1 Jan 24, 2009
Not a problem for me, I'll use the backroads hope you residential owners on those backroads don't mind the increased traffic, but that $$$ remaining in my pocket is worth it, and I think it's a shorter trip on the back roads.
wondering

Lowell, MA

#2 Jan 24, 2009
It's not just about you. think beyond your own self-interest. Im sick of paying NH to go to Maine.
dude in the H

Natick, MA

#3 Jan 24, 2009
So if I am going to Salem
I bang off at 213 and take rt 28

If I am going to Brattleboro
I bang up Rt 5

send Duval back to Chicago
with his carpet bag
Live Free or Die

Nashua, NH

#4 Jan 24, 2009
NH residents who work in Mass already have to pay the Mass State income tax. Now a toll. Perhaps it is time to charge a 5% sales tax to all Mass residents that cross the border to buy products in tax free NH.
michael

Concord, NH

#5 Jan 24, 2009
We're sick of the tolls in NH too. It would be trivial to raise gasoline taxes by a dime to get rid of the toll booths in the state. It would reduce traffic, reduce pollution, and improve public safety.

Unfortunately the truckers lobby swarms Concord at the first sniff of a gas tax hike.

In the environmentally conscious state of MA, getting rid of all of the tolls would seem like a no-brainer.

I already have my backroad picked out should they put tolls in Nashua and/or Tyngsboro.
KSM

Peabody, MA

#6 Jan 24, 2009
I'd pay a buck on the way to Foxwoods; sorry, wrong governor.
Publius

Brookline, MA

#7 Jan 24, 2009
Here's a wild idea instead of raising taxes, how about cutting spending and living with your means.

Government is out of control
Resident

Lowell, MA

#8 Jan 24, 2009
Live Free or Die wrote:
NH residents who work in Mass already have to pay the Mass State income tax. Now a toll. Perhaps it is time to charge a 5% sales tax to all Mass residents that cross the border to buy products in tax free NH.
Sure, but then there would be no incentive to go to NH, so all the stores and restaurants would lose a ton of business and start going under. That would be more good news for MA, because people would start shopping here again.
Bronson

New Bedford, MA

#9 Jan 24, 2009
DO not forget he just filed legislation to increase the meals and hotel tax to 6%. I know its only 1%, but it adds up and makes already struggling businesses in this economy struggle that much more. This governor is the worst example of leadership out there. He is in over his head and does not know what to do.
UNCLE SAM

AOL

#10 Jan 24, 2009
People from mass need to go to NH to save on everything. Mass is Taxachusettes they can't control thier spending and the lottery is losing money too people found out there are no winners on scratch tickets so why buy them Gas is on the way up and Deval Is a Lame Duck No New Ideas what a waste. No tolls ever He is not a problem solver he is the Problem
Kevin

Lowell, MA

#12 Jan 24, 2009
wondering wrote:
It's not just about you. think beyond your own self-interest. Im sick of paying NH to go to Maine.
Yeah think beyond yourself. How can Patrick keep his 400K plus staff in DC and buy a new car and drapes every few years. There are ilegal aliens in public housing collecting welfare and foodstamps depending on you.
If the State employees lose their jobs, you know they can't get jobs anywere else.
These people all depend on you lemmings voting Democratic and taking your tax and fee increases with a smile.
mink

Lowell, MA

#13 Jan 24, 2009
Live Free or Die wrote:
NH residents who work in Mass already have to pay the Mass State income tax. Now a toll. Perhaps it is time to charge a 5% sales tax to all Mass residents that cross the border to buy products in tax free NH.
I wonder why a group of Bubba Hampshirites never challenged this in a court over the years, but rather, continue to be the wussy sheeple that they are to keep getting screwed by the likes of Devil P.
Wondering

Tyngsboro, MA

#16 Jan 25, 2009
Live Free or Die wrote:
NH residents who work in Mass already have to pay the Mass State income tax. Now a toll. Perhaps it is time to charge a 5% sales tax to all Mass residents that cross the border to buy products in tax free NH.
Duh, your state would have a problem. We woudn't come to shop in NH if it weren't for the 5% savings.
Mike

Dracut, MA

#17 Jan 25, 2009
I'm all for it. I agree it's time to start charging NH and Maine residents a fee for using our highways. Trying to get to Wells Me you get hit with several tools. Add another at Old Orchard on top of the normal Maine Tpk toll. I see Maine and NH plates all the time on the highways, let's get something in return from them.
Expensive

Chelmsford, MA

#18 Jan 25, 2009
Bronson wrote:
DO not forget he just filed legislation to increase the meals and hotel tax to 6%. I know its only 1%, but it adds up and makes already struggling businesses in this economy struggle that much more. This governor is the worst example of leadership out there. He is in over his head and does not know what to do.
Exactly, and his answer is to threaten the largest employer in the state so that those employees stop spending. Great economic strategy. I could go out right now and buy a couple things that I want, not necessarily need, but with the possibility of being that one in a milliion that is laid off, as the governor has stated, staying put and not spending a dime seems the best option. Forget going out to dinner.
Expensive

Chelmsford, MA

#19 Jan 25, 2009
UNCLE SAM wrote:
People from mass need to go to NH to save on everything. Mass is Taxachusettes they can't control thier spending and the lottery is losing money too people found out there are no winners on scratch tickets so why buy them Gas is on the way up and Deval Is a Lame Duck No New Ideas what a waste. No tolls ever He is not a problem solver he is the Problem
They reduced the odds on scratch tickets so they never pay off, and now they wonder why nobody plays. Stupid. Deval can't get out of his own way, he is making the economy in Mass worse. I'll drive less and use the backroads to New Hampshire, because I am not paying 5-6% on everything I buy for his curtains and his wifes best friend.
Taxachusetts

Gloucester, MA

#20 Jan 25, 2009
Typical mentality here on Beacon Hill. Blame everything on N.H.,and rile up the nitwit Mass.residents with the asinine belief that the state is trying to help you.

I bet you clowns would vote for him and his thugs all over again.

Since: Nov 08

Rockport, MA

#21 Jan 25, 2009
If toll booths would to be constructed on Route 3 North and South, it would totally destroy the local businesses that are on Westford Road, Middlesex Road, and Kendall Road. Remember this also, there are schools in that area. What about students getting to school on time? Why try to do something that will generate much needed revenue, but on the other hand it's causing lost revenue if businesses would to fail? I know just how backed up traffic can get on Route 3 south.
Having grown up in this city, and knowing the area, such an undertaking would cause nothing but problems for those who live in this area.
Kevin

Lowell, MA

#22 Jan 25, 2009
Typical Liberal Politician, never thinks things through. People will go around to get the discount on gas, cigs, liquor, and groceries. Of course, Patrick would never think of that.
Federal tax dollars paid for those roads, that is different from the NH roads.
What we need is a stupid tax on Patrick, we will be out of this mess in no time.
It would be a nice start to NOT give free housing, welfare, foodstamps, laywers and healthcare to illegal aliens, but he can't do that, it is his voting base.
mink

Lowell, MA

#25 Jan 25, 2009
Lowell Guy wrote:
<quoted text>
You would wonder this because you are a moron, who knows nothing about tax codes. I am not even going to bother explaining it to you. Go find it yourself, peabrain.
It's about the changing the laws that would change the tax code, you know it all a--hole. I know how brilliant you must be as you have to stick your fat, bulbous snoot into every discussion forum in this paper. Get over yourself. Since you must be a top CPA in the area, bless us all with your name and phone # so we will be sure to get top notch advice in the coming tax year!

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