With Millionaire Tax Out State Leaders Look At Other Sources

BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM) -- Mayor Marty Walsh says the Commonwealth  may have to look at a dedicated gas tax, now that the state supreme judicial court has struck down a proposed millionaire tax.

The ballot question would have imposed a 4-percent tax on anyone earning more than a million dollars, with the money going toward education and infrastructure.

Governor Baker doesn't think any new taxes are necessary.

It's not the end of the world, according to Governor Baker.

He says the State Supreme Judicial  Court rejecting the proposed millionaire tax ballot question means the state has to live within its means in funding education and transportation projects...

“We have to move ahead, continue to invest in our commonwealth, invest in our infrastructure, invest in education as we have been, on terms that are consistent the current tools that are available to us, which are pretty good,” Baker said.

But Mayor Walsh says the SJC’s decision, which strikes down $2-billion dollars in additional revenue, outs the burden right back on the legislature

“You have to look at a dedicated tax on - when I was a legislator, I voted on the transportation - the gas indexing. I know the voters turned it around, but I think an explanation to the voters needs to happen,” Walsh said.

WBZ NewsRadio1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports.

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