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Police details slashed in transportation reform pitch

By Casey Ross
Thursday, March 27, 2008 - Updated 20m ago
Boston Herald Reporter

A sweeping transportation reform plan announced today proposes to curb the use of police details on road projects, slash employee benefits at the MBTA and Mass Pike and force all transportation agencies to publicly report cash flow on major construction projects.
Senate President Therese Murray announced the measures today in a press conference with Gov. Deval Patrick and House Speaker Sal DiMasi, all of whom proclaimed an urgent need to implement reforms to help dig the state out of a $19 billion transportation funding deficit.
"Our transportation system has got to be addressed," Murray said. "Everything has to be on the table. We're under no illusions this set of proposals is perfect, but we know it is of the utmost importance to our economy to start this conversation now."

Despite the focus on transportation policy, the press conference was closely watched amid the ongoing war of words between DiMasi and Patrick. Patrick today accused DiMasi on the front page of the New York Times [NYT] of engaging in old-school politics to kill his casino proposal.
Patrick and DiMasi made a concerted effort to compliment one another during the press conference, and both men pledged to work together to implement the transportation reforms as quickly as possible.
"There are a whole host of initiatives we have worked on and continue to work on successfully," Patrick said. "We had a sharp (difference) over the resort casino proposal ... but it was a difference. It doesn't mean that good work doesn't get done."
DiMasi declined to respond to the language used by Patrick in the New York Times piece (the governor said the speaker should be "called out" for strong-arming House members); instead the speaker decried efforts by the news media to always insert a slant in their coverage.
"The papers are used to put forth a twist or a bent on something," DiMasi said. "And sometimes that's not reality. The reality is I'm working with the governor. We're working very closely with the governor on (transportation), (the $1 billion) life sciences proposal and all of the other issues."
All three leaders declared united support for curtailing the use of police details on road projects - long a "sacred cow" of Massachusetts politics that is often criticized as a wasteful give-away to police unions.
Murray said the transportation and public safety officials will craft a regulation for the use of civilian flag men on projects on secondary roads where traffic is moving more slowly. Police would still be used to direct traffic at work sites on major highways. Officials said the plan would save $100 million over 20 years.
Patrick said he is moving close to announcing another raft of reforms that would consolidate quasi-public agencies - the Mass Pike, MBTA and Massport - into a single structure to increase transparency and cut costs.
He said the reform plans will be introduced before officials consider a hike in the gas tax or expanding the use of highway tolls to help pay future transportation costs.
 

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Re: Police Detail slashed in transportation refrom pitch

This whole episode reminds me of that little pig story. "I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house down." Yeah, ok. Jealous, deep pocketed pols. :rolleyes:
 

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Here comes the merger! Stand by to stand by
 
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Bill would curb use of police details at some construction sites

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Boston (AP) -- Gov. Deval Patrick and top legislative leaders are backing a bill to reduce the number of police details at some roadside construction sites. The bill would allow lower paid civilian flagmen to direct traffic.
The details have been closely guarded by police unions, which see them as a way to let officers supplement their salaries.
But critics have long argued the state and local municipalities should be allowed to save money by using flagmen, especially on less congested streets.
The new bill, pushed by Senate President Therese Murray with the support of House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi, would establish guidelines for the use of flagmen.
The guidelines could be in place in a matter of months.\

http://wbz.com:80/State-considers-curbing-police-details-at-some-con/1899279
 

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Do people honestly believe that the Pols will pass the alleged "savings" on to the "taxpayer"? :rolleyes:

The Pols love to use self serving cliches about how cops aren't paid enough money when they're seeking union endorsements. Of course once elected are the first to deny them the opportunity to earn extra income for their family.
 

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How about a cut in welfare or section 8 benefits. You know, the FREE GOVERNMENT HANDOUT that many lazy people are taking to sit on the couch, smoke cigarettes and watch Oprah, that would save big $$. Oh that's right, we need to help those poor unfortunate people....together we can.
 

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How about a cut in welfare or section 8 benefits. You know, the FREE GOVERNMENT HANDOUT that many lazy people are taking to sit on the couch, smoke cigarettes and watch Oprah, that would save big $$. Oh that's right, we need to help those poor unfortunate people....together we can.
haha that's right, i forgot that slogan.. TOGETHER we will take care of the races and classes and professions that Deval likes and TOGETHER we will bend ourselves over and f*ck ourselves.

+1 for Barrack!! last hope!!
 

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the FREE GOVERNMENT HANDOUT that many lazy people are taking to sit on the couch, smoke cigarettes and watch Oprah, that would save big $$.
you forgot to add driving expensive cars with expensive after market parts. If this bill actually passes, watchout. Next will be the supposed saving from eliminating the quinn bill
 

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Hopefully it won't fly but if it does.

They will change that shit after the massholes see they can blow by flagmen laughing cuz they don't have any authority.

As a point when it is safe to do so I aint stopping.
 

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Mass will be like Rhode Island. They go by the flaggers give them the finger, yell and scream. The flaggers in RI make about $40,000 for the construction season. There not saving money there just relocating it to their political friends.
 

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Well, since this new plan is set to be in place within the next 2 to 3 months.. I suppose I'll immediately begin my zero tolerance, everyone gets a citation, everyone gets charged plan! There is, after all, a 2 to 3 month turn around on court time!
 
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