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Mixed messages on paying for transportation

Sep 27 2017

CommonWealth Magazine

In addition to the loud message sent by the ballot question, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation also released a report on transportation just hours before the Senate study was unveiled that says money isn’t the panacea for the aging network. The taxpayer report cited the growing impact of climate change on various modes of transportation and said those will cost money as well. The report called for additional study before tossing money at a problem no one has a full grasp on. “Climate change has emerged as one of the most pressing problems as both a long-term trend and a short-term shock,” the report states. “The state must contend with the impact of more frequent and more severe heat waves, storm surges, floods, heavy rainfall events, sea rises, and their impact on roads, rails, power, signals, tunnels, culverts and more.”
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Baker to form commission to review transportation needs

Sep 27 2017

By Colin Young, State House News Service / The Salem News

The taxpayers foundation this week released a report critical of the state for not having a updated blueprint of how it is going to address transportation infrastructure and financing needs in the next decade, saying such a blueprint is desperately needed given the advances in technology and climate change. Baker will sign the order "in the coming weeks" to create a commission to "further review, analyze and better inform the state's transportation capital needs," Polito said, and to look at how state revenues – the gas tax and vehicle registration fees, for instance – could shift along with changes in transportation and technology.
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Is more money needed to fix Massachusetts transportation?

Sep 27 2017

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

On Tuesday, the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation released a report arguing that more money alone will not fix Massachusetts' transportation problems. Rather, the report said there needs to be a full review of the state's transportation assets to figure out what the system needs and how it should be funded.
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Editorial: One transportation study that's really needed

Sep 27 2017

Newburyport Daily News

The foundation is pressing for a complete, detailed picture of the transportation system. Gov. Charlie Baker and the Legislature, it says, would be hobbled by “an incomplete inventory of assets and their conditions, inconsistent project management and/or inefficient spending, and a lack of metrics to monitor progress.” Similarly, last year, the foundation cited the “inferior” data used by the MBTA to keep track of all its assets, poor management of projects and large purchases, and a “lack of accountability regarding how the money is spent.”
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MASS. TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM NEEDS INDEPENDENT REVIEW, BIZ GROUP SAYS

Sep 26 2017

By Michael Norton, State House News Service

The state needs a new blueprint to address its transportation infrastructure, which faces new threats and remains in problematic condition despite major investments in recent years, according to a business-backed foundation that is recommending a new independent review. "What is clear is that the state lacks the requisite information to make profoundly difficult choices," the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation concluded in its report. "Questions such as which projects to fund and when, and how revenue sources should be allocated must be included as part of a long-term sustainable transportation finance plan to address our transportation needs. Unfortunately, the state has not yet adopted such a plan."
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Standardized testing comes under fire again in Mass.

Sep 13 2017

By Katie Lannan, State House News Service / Sentinel & Enterprise

The alliance and 25 other business groups, including the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and Retailers Association of Massachusetts, signed on to a statement opposing the Rush and Decker bills.
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Minimum Wage Hike, Sales Tax Cut Could Be On 2018 Massachusetts Ballot

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Sep 11 2017

By Paul Tuthill, WAMC

Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said legislating through the Constitution is a big mistake. "The downside is that if there are problems with this new tax increase, the legislature does not have the ability to change it," said McAnneny.
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Mass. tax collections miss benchmarks

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Sep 8 2017

By Colin Young, State House news Service / Lowell Sun

Gov. Charlie Baker signed a $39.4 billion fiscal 2018 budget in July and vetoed nine of the budget's outside sections and $320.3 million across 169 line items, including $202 million related to the MassHealth changes he proposed in June. The net impact of the vetoes, after accounting for federal revenues, is $193 million, according to a Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation analysis.
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Transit chief wants ‘world class’ system for MBTA

Aug 15 2017

AP / The Telegram

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, an independent watchdog group, welcomed the appointment of Ramirez. “Mr. Ramirez’s business background and expertise in complex turnarounds makes him the ideal person to lead the authority forward,” President Eileen McAnneny said.
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