Rep. Ruth Balser, who supplied me with the Speaker's statement on a gas tax increase, had this to say:
I am glad that we in the House will consider alternative ways of solving the financial crisis facing our transportation system. It is unfair to expect that those of us in Newton and our neighbors in the Metro-West area shoulder so much of the burden of the financial crisis. An increase to the gas tax would be a more equitable solution.
Sounds like Rep. Balser is taking the long view and also making sure that those of us in Newton don't foot more than our share.