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DeLeo comes out for MBTA control board as senators mull amendment

May 21 2015

By Matt Murphy, State House News Service / The Berkshire Eagle

Leaders from groups like the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Associated Industries of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation were joined by a handful of mayors from Revere, Gardner, Attleboro, Framingham, Braintree and Melrose.

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Business groups lobby in favor of Baker’s MBTA plan

May 20 2015

By David Scharfenberg, The Boston Globe

A collection of business groups and elected officials billing themselves as the Coalition for World Class Public Transit System will hold a news conference at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to launch an online petition backing Governor Charlie Baker’s plan to overhaul the MBTA. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, a business-backed budget watchdog, and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce will be among the groups in attendance, according to organizers.
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More MBTA reform needed

May 19 2015

By Scot Lehigh, The Boston Globe

It’s disappointing to hear a policy maker as smart as Rosenberg take refuge in well-worn pro-Pacheco talking points, even while conceding that he’s not familiar enough with the matter to discuss the millions saved when the T managed to sidestep Pacheco and outsource a bus-fleet overhaul. Or to see the Senate give so little weight to the recommendations of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the Pioneer Institute, and the governor’s bipartisan task force on the T.
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Critics fault key findings in Baker panel MBTA report

May 19 2015

By David Scharfenberg, The Boston Globe

Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said her group’s own months-long review of the public transit agency reached similar conclusions about mounting deficits and a failure to properly manage upgrades to trains, tracks, and other infrastructure. “We can’t have near-reforms,” she said. “We really need what’s effectively a rescue plan.”
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Early-ed spending up in Senate’s proposed $38 billion state budget

May 12 2015

By David Scharfenberg, The Boston Globe

Eileen McAnneny, executive director of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the Senate’s approach is “woefully inadequate.” “There are serious financial challenges plaguing the T,” she said. “And it looks like [the Senate is] putting the burden on the administration to change everything without giving them the tools they had requested.”
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Forum to focus on improving MBTA service, equipment woes

May 4 2015

AP / SFGate

Suffolk University is hosting a public forum this week to examine ideas for improving service and equipment failures at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority while increasing revenue for the struggling agency. mPanelists will include: Stephanie Pollack, Massachusetts Transportation Secretary; Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation; and Greg Sullivan, director of the Pioneer Institute.
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Business Coalition Urges Governor and Legislature to Create World-Class Transit System

Apr 29 2015

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Eileen McAnneny, President of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said, “Now that the breadth and severity of the problems confronting the MBTA have been revealed and the price of inaction is evident, we have a real opportunity to move forward with a plan for transforming the MBTA into a modern, world-class public transit system.”
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MA: Taxpayers Foot Bill for Special Health Care Fund After Union Dodges Reform

Apr 23 2015

By Matt Stout and Erin Smith, The Boston Herald

But shifting T workers from the agency's more expensive health insurance plans to the GIC has been derailed by delays -- first by the Carmen's Union unsuccessful court challenge. Then a 2010 law allowed roughly 3,600 Carmen's Union members to avoid moving to the GIC until this fiscal year while the labor group sought arbitration, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.
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Neglecting the MBTA by committee

Apr 14 2015

By Dante Ramos, The Boston Globe

Local business-funded watchdogs, such as Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and the Pioneer Institute, have long memories of serial refinancings, pension underfunding, and other fiscal gimmicks at the T.
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How do we dig out of the T’s mess?

Apr 9 2015

By Shirley Leung, The Boston Globe

Governor Charlie Baker provided a road map Wednesday, formally unveiling his high-profile commission’s findings and recommendations. The 50-page report has something for everyone: Transit advocates can exhale that new projects won’t be halted, and the fiscal watchdogs, from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation to the Pioneer Institute, get to say “I told you so.”
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