Tewksbury, MA . . . .Today Jeff Dufour, (R Tewksbury)candidate for State Representative in the Essex 18th House district, announced his opposition to raising the gas tax.
“The private sector has been shut down for months. People have lost their jobs and gone without pay. Many businesses have permanently closed. Financially these are tough times. The last thing anyone needs coming out of Beacon Hill is a tax increase. I am opposed to the gas tax increase,” said Dufour.
Last March, the House passed a transportation bond bill which contained a 5 cent gas and 9 cent diesel fuel tax increase. After being stalled due to the pandemic, the bill is now up for consideration in the Senate. Yesterday, legislative leaders said they are working on passing the tax increases by July 31st.
“Instead of passing an increase, there should be an extensive review of transportation spending to find savings. Our state spends 8 times the national average on administrative costs within the department of transportation. By finding savings, we can protect the taxpayers from being hit with a tax increase,” said Dufour, who wants to put an end to Massachusetts nickname Taxachusetts.
According to the Reason Foundation, Massachusetts spends the 2nd most in transportation costs. The state spends $675,000 per mile per year on road maintenance which is 4 times the national average.
“We need a new legislator who understands business and has worked in the private sector. I will use my real life experience to help the people,” said Dufour. “When the bill comes up for a final vote in the House, I hope the incumbent will stand up for the people.”
Dufour announced his candidacy earlier this week.
Background on Jeff Dufour
Jeff Dufour is a leader for the people – not the insiders or the special interest groups. Having lived in the region for more than 35 years, he truly cares about the direction of our district and state. This is not a stepping stone for higher office or implementing an extreme agenda for him. It is about being our voice at the State House.
Jeff grew up in a paper mill town in Maine where his mother was a school teacher and his father worked as a grounds superintendent at the local university. He was raised to work hard, respect others and appreciate the value of community. Jeff is the third generation of his family to give back through public service. Jeff and his wife Marie, a Dorchester native, have lived in Tewksbury for the past 24 years.
Jeff earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maine. Over the years he has received education certificates for project management and financial planning from Merrimack College. Presently, he is an Information Systems Project Manager with over 25 years of corporate management and financial services experience.