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(NECN) - It's time to go on the record with the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber Vice President Charles Rudnick joined NECN Business to weigh in on a variety of issues.
House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray announced a $500 million transportation finance plan that would raise gas, tobacco and business-related taxes to put the state's transportation system on firmer financial footing. How does the Chamber feel about this?
"It's the latest chapter in this story, this saga that's been unfolding on Beacon Hill. As you know, the governor proposed a major investment in transportation and education to the tune of $1.9 billion. The proposal that came out on Tuesday from the legislative leaders was a counter proposal that focused on transportation exclusively for about $500 million, so this is the next chapter. Both sides seem to be digging in, and both sides are quibbling over the financing the extent of the size of the bill and how it would be financed," Rudnick says. "I think the most important thing, though, is that all parties, including the Chamber and most people in the business community agree that investing in transportation right now is critically important to our economic growth, for our economy, also to the consumers who use transportation every single day."
Rudnick also talks about JetBlue coming to Worcester Regional Airport and the growing debate around immigration reform.
Watch the attached video for more.