MassGOP Calls Out Senate Democrats for Lack of Leadership on MBTA

BOSTON - MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes released the following statement following a move by Senate Democrats to back away from meaningful reforms for the MBTA:

"Senate Democrats have shown a serious lack of leadership when it comes to delivering an accountable transit system for the people of Massachusetts. By backing away from meaningful, bipartisan reforms to fix the T, Senate Democratic leaders are demonstrating that they are more beholden to special interests than to the riding public. Senate Democrats should put partisanship aside and pass Governor Baker's bill, to give the Commonwealth the transit system it deserves."  

 
Background:

Senate Democratic leaders backed away from Governor Baker's reforms, just hours after holding a public hearing about them. "Senate leaders are rejecting Governor Charlie Baker’s plan to shake up the beleaguered Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, mounting a significant challenge to the administration’s top legislative priority," (David Scharfenberg and Nicole Dungca, "Senate leaders reject Baker's plan to shake up MBTA," Boston Globe5/12/15)


Key Democratic leaders, including Speaker Robert DeLeo, have signaled support for Governor Baker's reforms. "House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, who has generally aligned himself with Baker on the T, has called for a suspension of the Pacheco law for the T," (David Scharfenberg and Nicole Dungca, "Senate leaders reject Baker's plan to shake up MBTA," Boston Globe5/12/15)
 
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