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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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Massachusetts hit by $300M year-end budget shortfall

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Jun 15 2016

By Shira Schoenberg, MassLive

Eileen McAnneny, president of the fiscally conservative Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the Legislature should revise its spending down for fiscal 2017. "Whether they solve the whole amount now, I'm not sure, because things are fluid and subject to change, but they should absolutely be taking it into account and solve for a portion of it," McAnneny said.
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Budget crisis deepens

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Jun 15 2016

By Matt Murphy and Michael Norton , State House News Service / Sentinel & Enterprise

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny said it was "too soon to say definitively" whether the revenue slowdown is minor hiccup or a sign of broader economic trouble. The administration pointed the finger at a "volatile stock market" and lower investment returns that start to turn downward in February. The taxpayers foundation predicted in testimony before a panel of the Legislature and administration that revenues would grow 3.8 percent. While budget leaders may have been "optimistic" in settling on a benchmark of 4.3 percent growth, McAnneny said, "None of us predicted this slowdown in revenue over the last four months."
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State faces possible $750 million budget gap

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Jun 14 2016

By Joshua Miller, The Boston Globe

Eileen McAnneny, president of the business-backed Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, said the most prudent first step for lawmakers is to “substantially” tighten proposed spending.
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Debt, need underscore MTF’s call for state capital spending reforms

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Jun 13 2016

By Colin Young, State House News Service / WWLP

“While lawmakers have taken steps to manage the size of our debt and its associated costs, more must be done because the state has limited flexibility to increase borrowing from current levels without exceeding its statutory debt limit,” Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation President Eileen McAnneny said in a statement.
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