TAM Legislative Update
April 9, 2019
The start of April saw TAM continue to advocate with House and Senate leadership for the passage of legislation providing relief from the taxation of rolling stock this session. As well, TAM has begun to advocate for a seat at the table when the legislature starts to focus on transportation infrastructure financing. Specifically, in meetings with the Speaker of the House Bob DeLeo, House Assistant Majority Leader Joe Wagner and House Minority Leader Brad Jones, TAM representatives stressed the competitive disadvantage that the Commonwealth’s law current taxation of rolling stock used in interstate commerce has on the trucking industry in Massachusetts.
In meeting with the Chairmen of the Joint Committee on Revenue, Senator Adam Hinds and Representative Mark Cusack, TAM representatives further focused on our interest in securing an early public hearing for our stand-alone legislation and the public safety and environmental opportunities this legislation contains.
Finally, in all of the conversations and meetings that the association has been having on Beacon Hill so far, TAM continues to urge legislators to include TAM at the table when transportation infrastructure financing decisions are being made. With TAM’s own priority legislative agenda, the ongoing focus on transportation infrastructure generally, and over 6,000 filed legislative matters overall, this session is shaping up to be heavily focused on transportation.