Will Brownsberger

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  • State Rep. Dave Rogers offers an update at his website. The project went out to bid last year and, after several years of design work, is finally underway. See this thread for more information on traffic in the Fresh Pond/Alewife area.
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  • The Senate completed its budget process last night. The next step is conference with the House to reconcile differences with their budget. It was a good process under the new leadership of Senate President Stan Rosenberg and Ways and Means Chair Karen Spilka -- a lot of collegiality and openness in the process. I was most pleased by our successful efforts to reach consensus on a big part of the Governor's MBTA reform package.
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  • In the budget debate this week, the Senate adopted an amendment offered by Senator Tarr which sets in place a clear boundary on state liability for the Olympics. The Boston 2024 group has said all along that they don't want to use taxpayer funds or put the taxpayers at risk. However, many of us feel it is critical that we put in place clear legal protections so that we are not surprised.
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  • Over the past two months, I have heard from roughly 200 constituents in my district who are concerned about the Governor's proposal to eliminate the film tax credit. Some of the most thoughtful constituents indicated that they didn't like the credit going to out of state movie stars and would like to see it used in a less wasteful way to benefit in-state workers. To further that conversation, in this year's Senate budget we adopted a very modest compromise amendment, calling for a report.
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  • Last night, the Senate adopted the Governor’s recommendation for a Financial and Management Control Board for the MBTA. The vote was unanimous after a week of debate and negotiation. I came out in support of the FMCB concept a little sooner than some of my colleagues and it was a big relief for me that […]
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  • The exciting frontier of transportation planning is in information technology: car sharing, ride sharing, on-demand shuttles. We can't expect public transportation agencies to lead in creating these evolving business models. We need to experiment.
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  • The Governor has accepted political responsibility for fixing the MBTA and has asked the legislature for a set of tools. While there are some elements I cannot support in the Governor's bill, most notably the reduction in contributions into the Transportation Fund, we should be giving him as much as we can of what he has asked for.
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  • In 1989, when the crack epidemic was on the front page every day, the Massachusetts legislature was among the first in the nation to pass a law requiring that the registrar of motor vehicles suspend the driver's license of anyone convicted of any drug crime. It's about time we revisited that law.
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  • The central recommendation of the Governor's MBTA task force was greater accountability for the MBTA. I agree -- the management team needs direct accountability to the Governor. That accountability will give the team the strength it needs to sharpen its focus and make change happen.
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  • In conjunction with his budget, Governor Baker proposed the elimination of the Film Tax Credit. On this issue, I agree with the Governor. While I am basically eager to encourage every job-creating industry in Massachusetts, the film tax credit is just too generous to one particular industry -- no other industry receives a subsidy as deep as that offered by the film tax credit.
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Will Brownsberger
State Senator
2d Suffolk and Middlesex District