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Can The Sales Tax 'Holiday' Survive Beacon Hill's Budget Shortfall?

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Jun 21 2016

WGBH

McAnney began by explaining the process that the state goes through to identify the amount of money available to spend. She explains, “they begin the budget process with a consensus revenue hearing; and really the purpose is to figure out the dollar amount that the state has to spend. They do that in January and so a lot has changed in those six months. Some of the assumptions they base the budget on are no longer accurate.That’s the problem- in a nutshell.”
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State income tax cut at risk

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Jun 20 2016

By Michael Norton, State House News Service / The Berkshire Eagle

The foundation said fiscal 2016 tax revenues are likely to exceed fiscal 2015 tax revenues by just 2.6 percent. Looking ahead, lawmakers should downgrade their tax revenue growth projection for fiscal 2017 to 3.8 percent, which would reduce available revenues by $521 million, according to the MTF.
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T upgrade cost lowballed

Jun 17 2016

By Lauren Dezensk, Politico

“For the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to keep its trains, buses, tracks, and other infrastructure in good working order, it likely needs to spend even more than the hundreds of millions of dollars per year it has estimated — largely because the T’s method of estimating that figure is inadequate, according to a report from the nonpartisan Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.”
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Report: MBTA will need more than $7 Billion to upgrade its system

Jun 17 2016

WHDH

A new report say the MBTA will probably have to spend more than the $7 Billion it estimated to upgrade its system. The Massachusetts taxpayers foundation says the T has failed to account for inflation.
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Baker says T has ‘significant climb’ ahead

Jun 17 2016

By Katie Lannan, State House News Service / CommonWealth Magazine

The taxpayers foundation on Thursday released a transportation-focused report that pegged “inferior” data quality in asset management systems, the inability to properly manage projects, and a lack of accountability on how money is spent as challenges to adequately addressing the capital needs of the transportation system. The report recommended that officials focus on talent, leadership and improvements to data and systems to prevent “future erosion of the infrastructure.”
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Green Line extension’s workforce could be a problem, report says

Jun 17 2016

By Boston.com, Adam Vaccaro

That plan was called out as a concern in a report released Thursday by the business-backed budget monitoring group, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. The report, which also said the T’s repair costs could be higher than has been reported and suggested increasing MBTA manager salaries to help attract talent, said the Green Line extension “could be the right project at precisely the wrong time for the MBTA,” because of the staffing requirements.
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What's needed to fix the T? Better pay for managers, report finds

Jun 16 2016

By Greg Ryan, Boston Business Journal

“There are too few individuals upon whom success is dependent and until the T acquires more talent that can change the T’s work culture, successes will be fleeting,” the report said.
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Gov. Charlie Baker stresses repair, modernization at troubled MBTA

Jun 16 2016

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

"I don't expect to cut a lot of big ribbons over the course of the next few years, and I'm OK with that," Baker said, speaking in Boston at a summit on transportation organized by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation. "I believe in reliability, modernization and expansion, in that order." A new report from the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation reveals problems in the state's public transit and highway systems that are "multifaceted and deeply entrenched," said MTF President Eileen McAnneny.
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With clock ticking, Mass. legislators’ to-do list is long

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Jun 16 2016

By Jim O'Sullivan, The Boston Globe

“The give-and-take that normally characterizes the end of the session will be on steroids,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and a two-decade veteran of Beacon Hill.
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MBTA’s $7.3 billion estimate to upgrade the system is likely even higher

Jun 16 2016

By Nicole Dungca, The Boston Globe

Eileen McAnneny, president of the foundation, said the research shows that there are many impediments stopping the T from upgrading its equipment, including not having enough capable staff or an accurate estimate of how much it needs to spend. “Even if we had more money today, we wouldn’t be able to spend it all because they don’t have the processes in place or the human capital to make sure we can deliver the projects on budget and on time,” she said.
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