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State Senate Defeats Attacks on Taxpayer Protection Act

Amendments to the state budget, offered during the State Senate debate, that would have impacted health care collective bargaining rights and stripped taxpayers of protections against privatization schemes were defeated on voice votes in late May. An attempt to increase the threshold to allow the public services to be privatized lost on a voice vote…

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House set to approve $49m in aid for MBTA

Boston Globe | By Eric Moskowitz | June 12, 2012 The House is poised to vote Wednesday on an emergency funding package for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, with key lawmakers saying they expect to get the measure to Governor Deval ­Patrick’s desk by June 30. The plan to send $49 million in state aid…

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MBTA Control Board proposal shot down

22News | Tuesday, 19 June 2012 | By Christine Lee BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The Senate shot down a proposal Tuesday that would create a Springfield-like Control Board to take over financial management of Boston’s transit authority, the MBTA. Senator Gale Candaras (D-Wilbraham) announced the amendment as the Senate debated a $51 million dollar bailout…

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Mass. Senate OK’s $49m MBTA bailout

Boston Globe | June 20, 2012 | By Eric Moskowitz The state Senate agreed Tuesday to tap $49 million from a little-known state surplus to help the MBTA close its deficit for the coming year, avoiding steeper fare increases and wider service cuts than those scheduled for July 1. The plan, approved by a 26-9…

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Alert: Membership Action Needed Immediately.

Three State Senators, Bruce Tarr, Gale Candaras and Jim Welch, have filed an amendment to the MBTA Funding Bill that would create an oversight committee for MBTA financing whose members would have no MBTA Service concerns. Their amendment undercuts all of the recent reforms passed by the Legislature. The Boston Carmen’s Union ATU Local 589…

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2012 Annual Golf Tournament

Don’t miss this year’s annual golf tournament on Friday, August 3, 2012 at George Wright Golf Course.  Shotgun start 8:00 a.m. Make your own foursome or enter as a single.  First Come, First Served. Course spikeless shoe policy in effect. Awards Ceremony and Texas Style Barbeque immediately following the tournament with BBQ Chicken, Steak Tips, Ribs…

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Surging MBTA ridership could overwhelm system, report warns

By Eric Moskowitz | Boston Globe Staff | June 14, 2012 By the end of the decade, Boston’s subways could grow so packed that trains would roll past waiting commuters, unable to accommodate more riders, a new report from a leading land-use think tank warns. Surging T ridership and booming construction around transit stations, the…

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Mass. House approves bailout for troubled T

June 13, 2012 | Bob Salsberg | Associated Press House lawmakers on Wednesday approved a temporary financial fix for the MBTA that would stave off, at least for now, deeper cuts in service on the Boston-area transit system. The bailout bill, which also offers help to other struggling regional transit agencies, advanced on a 130-25…

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