Tag Archives: public infrastructure

Bernie Cohen out?

http://www.boston.com/news/loc… Speculation that Bernard Cohen might be out as Deval’s Transportation Sec.   Anyone remember “Together We Can”?   Let’s see that list of transportation accomplishments thus far from the Administration… hrmmm… let’s see.. propose raising the tolls, puts the gas tax on the table.  No rail line to New Bedford, MBTA is in debt… hrmm……

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Debt R Us

Underneath the bluster of toll hikes, and the paltry $90 million or so that’ll bring in, (notice how small millions, and lately, even billions has become?) Governor Patrick’s plan is vividly silent as to who will assume the MTA’s debt of approximately $2.2 billion, including approximately $1.2 billion in senior lien debt and $953 million in subordinate lien debt. With…

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Rusted Bridges and the cost of neglect

( – promoted by Cool Cal) Did anyone see this story in the Globe about the bridge in Quincy that is basically totally falling apart?  As a fiscal conservative there are very few things I like the government spending money on, and good roads and bridges would be up there.   The problem I think, is that many of us…

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Patrick’s Speech

The economic address given yesterday by Governor Deval Patrick before a friendly audience at MIT's Sloan School of Management was an attempt to lay out Patrick's vision of the future, his concrete proposals in realizing said vision, & his attempt to persuade his MIT audience in particular (& the public at large) to support his vision by green-lighting through the…

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Time to sell the boat

The Massachusetts Transportation Finance Commission has recommended increasing the gasoline tax by 11.5 cents per gallon and imposing a fee of 5 cents per mile on the use of state roadways in order to cut the looming budget shortfall for maintenance of the next 20 years.  It seems we have built a system that without huge tax increases and cost…

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