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Massachusetts needs safe and reliable transportation to keep its economy moving forward.

A successful ballot initiative to repeal the state's indexing of the gas tax to inflation helped to expose MassDOT's exorbitant construction costs per mile of road. Likewise, historic winter storms helped to shine a spotlight on how the MBTA's management has been exacerbating system-wide problems that range from suspect contract bids and unnecessary expansion projects to rampant absenteeism and maintenance that costs far above the norm.

These realities, as outlined in Governor Baker's Special Panel on the MBTA, help to show that Massachusetts is need of serious reforms before new revenues are levied on the taxpayers.

If nothing changes, then nothing will change.
- Governor Baker testifying to the Joint Transportation Committee on the importance of passing his legislation to reform the T and put a Fiscal Control Board in place.