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Summary

This proposed law would increase the portion of gasoline tax revenue that would be credited to the state Highway Fund; prohibit the transfer of money from the Highway Fund to other state funds for other purposes; declare that citizens have a right to a safe and efficient public highway, road and bridge system and require the state to develop a comprehensive seven-year state transportation plan; and make certain other changes in state finance laws relating to the Highway Fund.

The proposed law would require that the small portion of state gasoline tax revenues that is deposited in funds relating to the use of watercraft be deposited instead in the Highway Fund. No revenue deposited in the Highway Fund could be transferred to any other state fund for any purpose other than one for which the Highway Fund may be used.

The proposed law would declare that the citizens of Massachusetts have a right to a safe and efficient public highway, road and bridge system, constructed and maintained by the state and its counties, cities and towns. The state Secretary of Transportation and Construction would be required to prepare a comprehensive state transportation plan for the period July 1,1995 through June 30, 2002, to be updated every three years. The plan would provide for the repair or reconstruction of at least five percent of public highways and bridges every year, and it would establish priorities for highway, road and bridge projects based on condition and safety factors. The plan would be designed to promote economic development and employment by meeting the various transportation needs of residents throughout the state. The plan would be prepared after a public hearing and after consultation with the state Secretaries of Environmental Affairs and Economic Affairs.

Under the proposed law, money in the Highway Fund would no longer be considered in determining whether the state government has sufficient money on hand to set some aside for use in fiscal years or to deposit some in the state tax reduction fund. The proposed law would declare that no more than 15% of gasoline tax revenues could be used for mass transportation purposes, but it would not prevent the state Legislature from appropriating additional gasoline tax revenues for such purposes.

The proposed law states that if any of its provisions were declared invalid, the other provisions would remain in effect.

1994 Nov 8 :: State of Massachusetts :: Question 8 :: Initiative PetitionDo you approve of a law summarized below, on which no vote was taken by the Senate or the House of Representatives before May 4, 1994?

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Ward
Yes
No
Blank Votes Total Votes Cast Total Ballots Cast
Totals
 
13,861
6,422
2,006
20,283
22,289
Precinct 1
 
407
230
101
637
738
Precinct 2
 
542
260
104
802
906
Precinct 3
 
389
309
59
698
757
Precinct 1
 
489
216
103
705
808
Precinct 2
 
620
300
98
920
1,018
Precinct 3
 
641
307
105
948
1,053
Precinct 1
 
660
365
118
1,025
1,143
Precinct 2
 
635
281
82
916
998
Precinct 3
 
735
348
138
1,083
1,221
Precinct 1
 
557
270
88
827
915
Precinct 2
 
605
260
94
865
959
Precinct 3
 
649
262
69
911
980
Precinct 1
 
663
294
68
957
1,025
Precinct 2
 
716
327
78
1,043
1,121
Precinct 3
 
747
308
102
1,055
1,157
Precinct 1
 
938
397
86
1,335
1,421
Precinct 2
 
799
384
128
1,183
1,311
Precinct 3
 
697
324
87
1,021
1,108
Precinct 1
 
814
344
105
1,158
1,263
Precinct 2
 
708
316
104
1,024
1,128
Precinct 3
 
850
320
89
1,170
1,259
Totals
 
13,861
6,422
2,006
20,283
22,289