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Question To Repeal Gas Tax Indexing May Confuse Voters04:58

A motorist pumps gas at the Super Petroleum gas station in Lawrence, Mass. (Charles Krupa/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
A motorist pumps gas at the Super Petroleum gas station in Lawrence, Mass. (Charles Krupa/AP)

This November, Massachusetts voters will decide the future of the state's gas tax. In ballot question number one, they're being asked if they want to repeal a new law that ties the Massachusetts gas tax to inflation.

The question has sharply divided the gubernatorial nominees. According to a new WBUR poll, it's divided voters, too, but not along party lines.


Steve Koczela, president of the MassINC polling group, who conducted the survey for WBUR's Poll Vault. He tweets @skoczela.


WBUR: Poll Shows The Gas Tax Ballot Question Is A Close Contest

  • The narrowness of the partisan gap here may suggest voters are having difficulty understanding the implications of a “yes” vote and a “no” vote. In this case, a “yes” vote is a vote against the law and a “no” vote keeps the law, a fact which likely causes some level of confusion for voters.

Secretary Of The Commonwealth: Question 1: Eliminating Gas Tax Indexing

  • This proposed law would eliminate the requirement that the state’s gasoline tax, which was 24 cents per gallon as of September 2013, (1) be adjusted every year by the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index over the preceding year, but (2) not be adjusted below 21.5 cents per gallon.

This segment aired on September 18, 2014.

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