The MassINC poll grew from the same impulse that led the think tank to organize a 2010 conference for leaders of the nation’s largest transit agencies, which illustrated that the T’s shortfalls were not unique.
“We as a country have struggled with how to strike the right balance between financing roads and financing transit. We’ve struggled with tax revenue generally in a 30-year period of tax revolts, and we need to get people to work every day, and we need to keep our roads maintained,” said Greg Torres, MassINC president.
He said the percentage blaming “waste” means “we still have a little work to do, and that should be part of the conversation we have over the next year.” Lawmakers have promised to hold that conversation, starting with Patrick’s plan.
“If we want to keep Massachusetts as a competitive state economically, so that it’s a state that people want to move to and businesses want to locate in, we have an obligation to deal with this, and we don’t have a lot of time,” said Representative William M. Straus , House chairman of the Joint Transportation Committee.
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