Monday, February 20, 2012
State Secretary of Transportation Richard A. Davey has spoken out about potentially crippling MBTA service cuts.
It looks as though Reading commuters who rely on the MBTA to get to work each day should brace for steep fare hikes, but the extensive cuts in T service proposed by the authority now seem less likely, as the deadline to erase a projected budget deficit draws near. Having faced hordes of furious customers in a series of public hearings throughout the region, Secretary of Transportation Richard A. Davey told the Boston Globe in an interview that his agency is desperately seeking revenue from other sources to avoid the drastic cuts that have sparked so much outrage from T riders in recent weeks. “From many customers that I’ve heard from, they would rather pay a little more than see service cut,’’ Davey said to the Globe. During the hearings, …
Monday, February 6, 2012
Rep. Jim Dwyer (D-Woburn) touches on proposed MBTA cuts and fuel assistance, among other things.
Monday, February 6, 2012
I hope this edition of our legislative update finds you and your family well. Over the course of the next five months, the Legislature will be working hard to address many issues including health care cost containment, public safety legislation that includes a strong habitual offender sentencing law, and the Fiscal Year 2013 budget. While the first year of the 2011-2012 Legislative Session was productive in many ways, we are faced with remaining challenges that need to be addressed. MBTA proposed fare increases and service cuts As many of you know, the MBTA recently released two proposals that involved fare increases and service cuts that would greatly impact Woburn, Reading, and Stoneham. I find these proposals to be unacceptable and it …
Friday, December 16, 2011
Several local legislators, and representatives from others, addressed the Reading Democratic Town Committee on Dec. 14 at their annual Christmas Party.
The Reading Democratic Town Committee met on Dec. 14 for their annual holiday party, and featured guests included several local legislators and representatives from the campaigns of senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Rep. John F. Tierney. The gathering was lighthearted in nature, but, as the 2012 election cycle is underway, the discussion inevitably turned towards what can be done to aid Democratic candidates in the upcoming elections. State Representative Jim Dwyer (D-Woburn) of the 30th Middlesex District, which includes parts of Reading, addressed the gathering first and spoke about party unity heading into next year’s elections. “We really need to stick together and make sure we stay together,” he said. “We don’t want to become …