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State officials grilled-Transportation overhaul gets scrutiny at hearing

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Feb 28, 2013 By Emily O’Donnell, The Sun Chronicle



BROCKTON – State transportation officials were on the hot seat Wednesday as members of the Legislature’s Ways and Means Committees fired questions about Gov. Deval Patrick’s 2014 fiscal year budget proposal, asking how proposed tax hikes to pay for transportation improvements would affect citizens and the state’s debt limits.

Chief among the issues during the morning budget hearing at the Massasoit Conference Center was Patrick’s plan to pay for transportation improvements and maintenance with a 1 percent increase in the state income tax.

“We can’t afford the system we have today, but our transportation                    Commuters get off a train at the downtown
plan positions MassDOT to be able to maintain its access responsibly        Attleboro commuter rail station.
and promptly,” Transportation Secretary Richard Davey told the panel.          Staff file photo by Tom Maguire

Citizen’s Energy firing up fuel help

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Jan 31, 2013 By Allison Thomasseau, Statehouse Correspondent

Commercials featuring former U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy II urging low-income citizens to call JOE-4-OIL have been conspicuously absent from the airwaves this season.

That’s about to change.

The fuel-assistance program will resume Thursday, offering heating assistance to citizens who have used up their federal oil allotments, according to a CITGO official.

This year, Citizen’s Energy pushed the program’s start date back a month until federal fuel funds were exhausted.