Can this be true? The new Senate transport bill (passed 39-1) doesn't include moving the MBTA health care benefits into the GIC — or even making them comparable?
One proposed reform, moving MBTA employees on to the Group Insurance Commission when contracts expire, could save at least $25 million a year, Taxpayers Foundation President Michael Widmer said. While that reform was included in the bill reported out by the Senate Transportation Committee, it disappeared by the time the final bill made it to the Senate floor, replaced by a process by which MBTA employees could be moved to the GIC if health costs exceeded the GIC costs by an as-yet-undetermined amount.
You have got to be kidding me. Madame President, say it ain't so.
Does the Senate fear the Carmen's Union that much? Senators – you should fear the rest of us.
PS: Wouldn't it be ironic if the Senate used the “reform before revenue” mantra and the Jim Aloisi circus in order to … walk back the reforms proposed by both the governor and its own Transportation Committee?