Sen. Karen Spilka, D-Ashland, said that the choice shouldn't be between a gas tax and a toll hike, as MetroWest drivers would still be paying a large amount of statewide debt.
"We need to find a solution that is fair and equitable," Spilka said. "This is a statewide issue, and we need statewide solutions. MetroWest has paid an unfair burden for far too long."
"If the Legislature does not approve the gas tax, then a toll increase will have to go into effect," Patrick said. "I will ask the (transportation) secretary to ask for a conditional vote, so if the gas tax goes through, then there will be no toll increase.""Yer wallet or yer life," in other words. Representative Linsky can't wait to hand over your wallet. "This puts pressure on us to move quickly," he said in response to the Governor's ultimatum.