Business leaders push for 25 cent gas tax hike - Local News Updates - The Boston Globe A group of five major Massachusetts business organizations said today that the state needs a 25 cent per gallon gas tax hike -- higher than Governor Deval Patrick's 19 cent proposal -- to fix the state's transportation system. "The political stakes are high, but the leadership here is necessary," said Paul Guzzi, president and CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Guzzi was joined at a press conference in downtown Boston by leaders from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, A Better City, and NAIOP Massachusetts, a commercial real estate development association. ... But without investments in roads, bridges, trains, and subways, the state risks losing companies that are hemmed in by bad access and risks hindering workers' ability to get to paying jobs.