Gov. Baker Vetoes Discount Toll Pilot Program

A toll gantry over the Mass. Pike (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A toll gantry over the Mass. Pike (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Gov. Charlie Baker has vetoed a proposed discount toll pilot program and a measure that would have lifted the state's so-called "cap on kids."

The toll proposal called for the state Department of Transportation to launch a test program for offering discounted tolls to motorists who travel during off-peak travel times to reduce highway congestion.

The Republican said Friday the plan isn't an effective response to congestion and the state should continue focusing on improving public transit.

Baker also vetoed a proposal to end the cap on kids. Under the policy, children who are born to parents already on welfare are denied additional benefits by the state.

Baker said removing the cap would reduce incentives for those receiving Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children benefits from finding work.

Since lawmakers have ended their session, the governor's vetoes will stand.

The governor also returned with amendments bills that call for the teaching of civics in public schools, and one that protects consumer credit reports.

With reporting by The Associated Press and WBUR's Steve Brown

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