Automatic Gas Tax Increases? Inside Ballot Question 1

Massachusetts lawmakers passed a measure to automatically increase the gas tax along with inflation. The measure helps lawmakers avoid the political challenge of regular votes on whether to raise the tax, which led the group Tank the Gas Tax to put a repeal question on the ballot.

WBUR Poll: Baker-Coakley ‘Essentially A Tossup’

The new WBUR weekly tracking survey, released Wednesday morning, shows Democrat Martha Coakley leading Republican Charlie Baker by a slim 3-point margin, 44-41. Eleven percent of voters remain undecided, and 4 percent support one of three independent candidates — Evan Falchuk, Jeff McCormick, Scott Lively.