Boston Herald reported 7700 state employees hauled in salaries over $100,000, not including benefits. A large chunk came from the UMass system, 1500 state troopers, 200 correction officers and 200 Dept of Transportation workers all made the six figure cut. Don’t forget, we are on the hook for 80% of the last five years average base salaries in pension benefits. Lest we forget state pensions are exempt from the MA income tax as well, regardless of size.
These stats do not include municipal employees, like your local police and fire chiefs who easily cracking the six figure income.
With this in mind, do we really want to raise the income tax to fund more public transportation projects? Striker pointed out how the Lyons Group contracted out some public service and were fined $400,000 b/c they owed back wages and damages. Striker uses this example as to why we should not allow private companies to bid on public projects or services. Allow me to give another example which should give everyone some pause and rethink what Stiker suggests.
A private company, Guilford Rail Systems, replaced the entire track, from Haverhill to Portland, Maine. Approx 100 miles of track, at a cost of $50 Million. The MBTA replaced the Greenbush line, approx 20 miles of track, at a taxpayer cost of?????? Drumroll please………$535 Million. Big difference, don’t you agree? See why I resist giving a dime more to these people? Oh and one last thing, the tracks going to Portland work just fine and dandy.
go to restoration controversy.
the Herald info is on today’s website.