Friedman advocates for prevailing wage laws and greater transparency for MBTA privatization contracts Press Release

BOSTON – On Monday, Senator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington) testified before the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight in support of S.1692, An Act relative to state contracting, and S.1694, An Act requiring additional reporting of transportation privatization contracts to promote transparency. Both pieces of legislation were filed by the late Senator Ken Donnelly at the start of the 2017-2018 legislative session this January.

Friedman explained, “During the MBTA’s Taxpayer Protection Act exemption period, the legislature and the general public should be given greater details with regards to how cost-savings are realized when a public transportation contract is privatized. If we are in the business of protecting taxpayers and saving money, and for a public service where the main cost is labor, having this information is necessary for good decision-making and open government.”

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