Again … the frustrating thing about the Transport Reform Rodeo down at the State House is the lack of specificity. Certainly, Jim Aloisi ought to act like a grownup, and if he feels that he has been treated disrespectfully, he can choose to ignore the nanna-nanna-boo-boo and try to respond to the substance of any particular complaint. I think any legislator can similarly discount Mr. Aloisi's outbursts. Does this need to be personal, folks?
And what the hell is “this” about, anyway?
Recently, we've had the Governor's Chief of Staff, the Secretary of Transportation, and the chair of the Joint Transportation Committee all hold forth on this blog. And I don't feel like I know any more than before. I still do not understand the slogan “reform before revenue.” As far as it goes, Aloisi is right: It is a meaningless slogan, unless one provides meaning and context.
To those yoked to this slogan, I ask: Precisely what reforms are missing from Gov. Patrick's plan? Or are legislators just afraid of raising the gas tax? (Is this just a bit of not-very-artful CYA? If so, why bother?)
I keep reading news articles with various players slapping each other around, but I'm still learning precious little about what's actually in play. Can the players and the press actually trust the public with the details?
Time's-a-wasting before the 'Pike hikes fares — and when the swaptioneers may call in their chits. If legislators, Pike board members and the Secretary can have an all-out food fight in the public, can't they discuss the details under consideration in public, with the public?