Boston Herald Staff – July 2, 2015
The union representing MBTA workers has kicked its anti-reform campaign up a notch, littering T buses with union-funded leaflets, putting up a new website and blanketing radio airwaves with messages that distort the reform effort. As they work to finalize a reform package, state lawmakers must prioritize the interests of T riders and taxpayers and resist the growing pressure to skimp on reforms.
The radio ads slam “greedy privatizers” for pushing the reforms, citing the effort to freeze — temporarily, a point which goes unmentioned — a state law that makes it more difficult to contract out public services to private companies.
The forces aligned against reform even drag — sigh — the Koch Brothers into the discussion, making a link about as strong as dental floss between the libertarian billionaires and various parties calling for reforms at the T.