“Police details are expensive, which is why there have been efforts, largely futile, to move towards less expensive civilian flaggers,” said Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. “But that experiment has largely failed. The reality is that police details are built deeply into the fabric of Massachusetts government and taxpayers pay a price for that.
Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a fiscal policy think tank, said the impact of the repeal will be huge. "There's is no way that many of the long-term projects that the Patrick administration has on the table can now be funded," Widmer said.
Michael J. Widmer, president of the Taxpayers Foundation, who helped campaign against the repeal, said the vote could have serious long-term consequences for transportation funding that was given a boost last year.
The Transportation Finance Commission was created as an independent body to examine and evaluate the financial health of the State's transportation agencies and authorities, and make recommendations based on their findings.