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6 highlights from MBTA finance control panel’s first meeting

Jul 21 2015

By Gintautas Dumcius, MassLive

"This board will bring much-needed focus, expertise, urgency, discipline and accountability to the MBTA over the next three years – powers that can be extended for another two years if deemed necessary," said Melrose Mayor Rob Dolan and Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, in a statement. "Today is the day that reform of the MBTA begins in earnest."
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Letter to the Editor: Finishing job on the T

Jul 16 2015

By Mayor James Dolan and Eileen McAnneny, The Boston Herald

Now legislators need to finish the job. As the Herald pointed out, additional steps, including giving the board final approval of labor contracts, the flexibility to change the fare structure at the T and more transparency into the T Retirement Fund, are essential to ensuring these reforms make the biggest possible difference.
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Boston2024 has no budget to fix MBTA

Jul 1 2015

By Allison Manning, Boston.com

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation doesn’t have an official stance on the Olympics. But they are focused on the MBTA and its $6.7 billion backlog of necessary improvements, said Eileen McAnneny, president of the organization. “I don’t know whether or not what Boston2024 is proposing aligns with the MBTA’s and the commuting public’s priorities,” she said.
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Column: Fixing the T requires long-term commitment

Jun 28 2015

By Eileen McAnneny, The Salem News

Four months after the T’s collapse this past February, the state has reached a pivotal moment in which the Legislature must make crucial decisions on the future of the state’s key public transit system. If lawmakers adopt a bill with only incremental changes, rather than providing the governor with the full complement of tools to fix the T, they will doom the MBTA’s future and undermine the state’s economy.
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Lobbying on MBTA overhaul intensifies

Jun 26 2015

By David Scharfenberg, The Boston Globe

“It’s the lifeblood of the economy,” said Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation and cochairwoman of a coalition of mayors and business groups pushing Baker’s plan. “This has to be fixed and we needed to start yesterday.”
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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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