BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) — The Senate shot down a proposal Tuesday that would create a Springfield-like Control Board to take over financial management of Bostonâ€™s transit authority, the MBTA. Senator Gale Candaras (D-Wilbraham) announced the amendment as the Senate debated a $51 million dollar bailout bill to save the T from fare hikes and service cuts.
â€śIt is true in corporate America, it is true with professional sports teams, when the team youâ€™ve fielded isnâ€™t getting the job done you have to do something different, you have to put a different team on the field,â€ť said Candaras.
The amendment had bipartisan support and was championed by two western Massachusetts lawmakers who modeled the proposal after Springfieldâ€™s independent Control Board, which helped the city get its finances under control from 2004 to 2009.
â€śIt is not insignificant that two of the members who are sponsors of this legislation represent the City of Springfield, which when it found itself in crisis, benefited from a control board that returned it to a path of better sustainability,â€ť said Sen. Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester).
Candaras said Massachusetts spends $1 billion a year subsidizing the T and this is the third time since 2000 that the Legislature has been called upon to bail them out â€“ Using money that could go to regional transportation authorities, like the PVTA.
â€śAnytime money is not necessarily being spent wisely and money is being thrown at a problem rather than coming up with some sort of fix to it, then yeah, you can make an argument that thereâ€™s tax money thatâ€™s being taken away from other regions of the state. Absolutely,â€ť said Sen. James Welch (D-West Springfield).
Other lawmakers told 22 News privately that while an MBTA Control Board wouldn't be approved, the Senate would likely pass other measures to make the T more accountable.
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