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‘Fight the hike’: Interest groups argue over possible T fare hike

Mar 1 2016

By Adam Vaccaro, Boston.com

The group did not specifically speak about fare hikes in their remarks, instead vaguely referencing upcoming difficult decisions facing the board. Asked for an opinion on whether the T should raise fares, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eilleen McAnneny said the board should do whatever it sees fit. “The board has the objectivity and the data to make those decisions, and we stand by those decisions,’’ she said. “It appears everyone believes there should be a fare increase —’’ a statement proven false during the meeting “— and I think the real question is the amount, and we leave that up to the control board.’’
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T oversight board hears cons, pros on fare hike

Feb 29 2016

By Andy Metzger, State House News Service / Commonwealth Magazine

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny, the co-chair of the Fix Our T coalition, thanked the control board in a press conference and offered no suggestions about how the board should handle the fare hikes. The board previously advanced the two fare-hike proposals into the public comment stage. Saying the board would face “considerable pushback,” McAnneny urged the board to “do what it takes to balance the operating budget” and said, “We had to take the decision-making outside of the political process.”
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Consultant preparing MBTA debt report

Feb 7 2016

By Michael Norton, State House News Service / The Sharon Advocate

Last June, as lawmakers were authorizing a control board to take charge of the agency, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation recommended that lawmakers guarantee state funding to cover debt service costs from Central Artery mitigation projects, debt transferred before 2000 and the costs to move T personnel from the capital to the operating budget.
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MBTA fare increases contrary to no new fee policy?

Jan 25 2016

By Andy Metzger, State House News Service / WBJournal

"A fare is just a more specific type of fee. It's the price you pay to ride something," said Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny. She distinguished MBTA fares from other government charges, noting the agency has its own budget and sets its own fares, similar to how the University of Massachusetts sets tuition.
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Riders Rankled by MBTA Overtime

Jan 6 2016

By Peter Howe, NECN

Fiscal watchdogs like Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, call that effort critical, especially with a fare increase looming. “It's going to take a while to fix but they really have to, before they go to riders and ask for more money and increase fares, I think it's clearly critical that they make sure that they take care of some of those issues and certainly overtime is one of them,’’ McAnneny said in an interview Tuesday afternoon.

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Commuter tax eyed by state

Sep 19 2015

By Christian Wade, NewburyPort Daily News

Andrew Bagley, research director of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, argues that the state's gas tax remains a viable source of funds for transportation, but the levy needs to be increased to keep up with the state's needs. "But that's going to be a real challenge for the state's leaders," he said. "Because as we saw from the ballot question last year, voters are resistant to raising the gas tax."
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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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