BandA wrote: ↑Wed Dec 15, 2021 4:50 pm
Who's going to pay for it? NH doesn't have a personal income tax, so if the Commuter Rail is taking people to their jobs in Boston then Massachusetts should pay for the subsidy.
How do you figure that? Why should Mass pay for something that helps more people live in NH? Those people spend most of their money in NH: buying houses, buying food, buying most everything they buy, paying property tax, buying liquor at state liquor stores, paying restaurant taxes, etc. It's not Mass's fault that NH chooses to leave their citizens' income to be taxed by Mass if they work in Mass (and then socks those same citizens with really high property tax, restaurant tax, and fees after luring them in with the idea of "no income or sales taxes"). The national pattern is the other way: bedroom states and sometimes bedroom suburbs subsidize commuter trains into employment centers in neighboring states: Indiana, with the South Shore Line, might be the most similar to the NH-Mass situation, but RI; Connecticut, with Metro North; New Jersey, with NJT; Virginia, with VRE; Maryland, with MARC service into DC are all (AFAIK) in the same situation.