Radio Campaign

You can now check out our radio ad campaign in support of Gov. Charlie Baker's bi-partisan plan to reform the MBTA airing this week on The Howie Carr Show, the Dan Rea Show on WBZ, the Jon Keller Update on WBZ, the Jim Polito Show on WTAG, and the Jordan Levy Show on WTAG. The ad touches on the continued need for MBTA reforms and calls on listeners to call their state senators in support of the Governor's plan.


Legislature’s Transportation Bill A Step in the Wrong Direction

Watered-down reforms won’t fix the MBTA

The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that advocates for fiscal responsibility and good government solutions on Beacon Hill, expressed disappointment today that the legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation has reported a draft bill that fails to address many of the most significant proposals for MBTA reform.

“While Governor Baker has offered a bold plan of real reform for the MBTA, the path that the Legislature has chosen to take will only lead to more winters of misery for commuters and lost economic opportunities for the Commonwealth,” said Paul Craney, Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance’s executive director.

Published reports indicate that the bill, the text of which was not posted as of noon on Tuesday, did not include numerous key provisions of Governor Baker’s reform efforts, such as provisions that would allow the MBTA to contract out for more efficient services, bring contract negotiations more into line with standard methods elsewhere in government, and create a fiscal control board reporting directly to the governor.

“Lawmakers would be ill-advised to expect T riders and taxpayers to be satisfied with half-measures. With a new governor at the helm, voters expect the legislature to support the Baker Administration’s vision for how to improve our state. Instead, legislators are hanging on to decades-old ideas like the Pacheco Law, and buckling to union threats against the MBTA’s federal funding. Indeed, they’ve come across closer to a sideshow of carnival barkers than to real leadership – and that may be too harsh towards carnival barkers,” Craney concluded.


Help Needed on MBTA Reform

The Governor's comprehensive MBTA restructuring, built on a broad bi-partisan foundation, wins support from an overwhelming 80% of people polled across the state. Still, some Beacon Hill bigwigs are blocking its most important reforms. 

Here's how you can help.

Please CALL Senator Marc Pacheco and Senator Thomas McGee TODAY and urge them to support Gov. Baker’s MBTA reforms. Senators Pacheco and McGee are leading the charge against releasing the T from the complex and bureaucratic Pacheco law, a law which is nationally unparalleled in its ability to confound management improvements.

Lawmakers must stand with Governor Baker this summer, or we'll all stand in the snow next winter. 

Their contact information is below:
mpacheco.jpgSenator Marc Pacheco: 617-722-1551

 

 


tmcgee.jpgSenator Thomas McGee: 617-722-1350

 

 

For more information about the Pacheco Law and fixing the MBTA:
Watch our latest video here
Read our op-ed here
Read Senator Pacheco’s op-ed here


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