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Senate Passes Reform (Before Revenue)

The State Senate today passed a transportation bill that reorganizes the transportation system in Massachusetts by a vote of 39-1. It culminates a long process of give and take over the shape of the bill, and now throws the ball … Continue reading

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Secretary Aloisi in Methuen Video

Secretary James Aloisi visited Methuen recently to testify before the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation. I have posted all of the video of his testimony as well as his answers to questions that the Committee had for him. I took … Continue reading

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Transportation Committee Public Hearing Tonight in Methuen

The Joint Committee on Transportation will hold a public hearing tonight in Methuen, with the venue having been changed from City Hall to the Tenney Grammar School, 75 Pleasant Street. The hearing will begin at 5:00 p.m. and will be … Continue reading

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Governor Deval Patrick in Haverhill

Governor Deval Patrick visited the Haverhill Public Library yesterday to make the case for transportation reform, and an increase in the gas tax. The Governor was greeted warmly, but without question the Haverhill audience was strongly against an increase in … Continue reading

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The Boston Elites Strike Back

In remarks to a closed door meeting of state and municipal leaders Secretary of Transportation James Aloisi struck back hard at the State Senate, calling “reform before revenue” a “meaningless slogan.” From the State House News Service: Taking direct aim … Continue reading

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Gas Tax Battle Heats Up

The political battle over the Governor’s proposal to hike the gas tax by 19 cents per gallon moved up a notch today, with (the great and powerful) Senator Steve Panagiotakos, Chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, appearing to … Continue reading

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Methuen Set to Host Transportation Hearing

Four separate hearings are being planned for discussions of the transportation bills filed by the Governor and Senate leadership. From the State House News Service: Lawmakers are flushing out the details but at least four hearings are planned, beginning next … Continue reading

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Baddour: I Don’t Represent Boston Elites

The Senate Chair of Transportation went on yesterday with Jim Braude, talking about the Governor’s transportation plan and the toll hikes voted by the Mass Pike. Baddour stuck to his mantra of “reform before revenue”, and alternately discussed the tension … Continue reading

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The Governor Files a Transportation Bill

Governor Deval Patrick, under some political heat on transportation, yesterday finally filed his long awaited transportation bill. The text of his letter to the Legislature is below. The Mass Pike yesterday passed phase one of the prospective toll increases, with … Continue reading

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Governor Deval Patrick’s Transportation Speech

Governor Deval Patrick announced his transportation package, and although I gave it a separate post dealing with the gas tax proposal it entails far more than that. He makes a powerful case for reform here, and without question the system … Continue reading

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