Boston Herald Editorial: Pacheco Law on hiatus

July 9, 2015 - 1 minute read

Boston Herald – By Herald Staff on July 9, 2015

Supporters of the Pacheco Law seemed to think that if they blurted out “the Koch Brothers” often enough they’d convince the public of the wisdom in retaining the statute, which sets nearly impossible standards for public agencies that want to outsource services to private vendors.

Of course the same lawmakers who defend the anti-privatization law and accuse critics of financial self-interest accept thousands in campaign contributions from the political arm of the Boston Carmen’s Union, so they don’t exactly come to this discussion with clean hands.

But if we set aside all that naked hypocrisy, there is room to focus on the numbers. And the Pioneer Institute is out with some deeply troubling ones that affirm the Legislature’s wisdom this week in freeing the limping MBTA from the requirements of the law, even if only temporarily.

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