Today, members of ACT’s Patriot chapter testified before the Massachusetts State Legislature calling for that state’s tax code to reflect changes made to the Federal transportation fringe benefit. Under existing State law, the monthly cap for transit and vanpool remains at $130/month while the monthly cap for parking is $255/month. The inequity creates two problems, first, the lower transit cap creates a disincentive for commuters to utilize transit, second, the different Federal and State cap levels create confusion and administrative problems for employers who offer the benefit. Testifying before the Committee were Randy Johnson, Edenred, Melissa Zampitella of the A Better City TMA, and Jeff Bennett of the St. Charles TMA. Others speaking on the panel included Charlie Ticotsky of Transportation for Massachusetts, and Richard Fries of Mass Bikes.
ACT National provided technical support to the chapter ahead of this hearing and fully supports the efforts of the Chapter. ACT would also like to thank State Senator Keenan for his efforts to correct this issue.
Breaking: Shortly after the hearing concluded, we received word from Senator Keegan that they Joint Committee will pass the legislation. It will now move to the State Assembly’s Ways & Means Committee for action.
ACT Letter of Support