By Laura Barrett
T he MTA called the Legislature’s failure to;significantly;increase;revenues;targeted;to;education;“a;missed;opportunity;for
Despite that assessment, MTA leaders remain
House and then the Senate chose to increase the gas
Educators and others had supported the
said MTA President Paul Toner. “Although the
For updates and details on the budget, please
visit the MTA website, www.massteacher.org.
MTA Retired member Richard Liston of Everett applauded as State Representative Jim O’Day,
right, a key supporter of the Campaign for Our Communities and the lead House sponsor of
a bill seeking to raise $1.9 billion in revenues, reached out to shake Governor Deval Patrick’s
hand during a lobby day on March 12. Instead of enacting the revenue measure backed by the
MTA and other coalition members, the House and Senate have both adopted transportation-only
funding packages. Liston, O’Day and Patrick all spoke during the State House event, which filled
Gardner Auditorium and overflowed into other parts of the building.
Photo by Laura Barrett