Friday, April 10, 2009

Nassour Statement on House Transportation Bill

Nassour Says "Reform" Still Rearranging Deck Chairs On Titanic

Boston, MA - The Massachusetts Republican Party today issued the following statement in reaction to the House version of "Transportation Reform" that passed yesterday:

MassGOP Chairman Jennifer Nassour said, "I was pleased to see that many Republican amendments that saved the taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars were included in the House version of the transportation bill. Massachusetts Republicans are committed to real reforms, not just platitudes and empty rhetoric."

"Unfortunately, this is still a bad bill. I share the concerns of many that this bill falls woefully short of eliminating waste and inefficiency in state government. How many patronage and duplicate jobs, if any, will be eliminated under this bill? What guarantees do the taxpayers outside of Boston have that they will not be hit with higher tolls in the future? While we should be consolidating agencies as much as possible, this Democrat bill appears to mainly rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic. I urge the conference committee to follow the leadership of the Republican legislators in enacting even more reforms so we can end discussion of a gas tax hike once and for all," concluded Nassour.