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Subways or Submarines? There is an Alternative to MBTA Budget & Service Cuts
March 24, 2015 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Commuters waiting for an MBTA shuttle bus, Wollaston station, Feb. 11, 2015, and a U.S. Ohio class submarine
Over the years, Congress has cut funds for MBTA operations and upkeep—and it shows. Next week, Congress is poised to cut even more.
The People’s Budget would increase funds to fix the MBTA and make the trains run on time! It would also invest in jobs, housing, and education, increase funds for Social Security and healthcare, and redirect Pentagon spending to domestic needs. Congress will vote on the People’s Budget as soon as next week.
Subways or Submarines? One Ohio class submarine carries enough explosive power to destroy a continent; the United States has 14 and is building more, at $4 billion apiece. Greater Boston taxpayers will pay about $7 billion for the $1 trillion nuclear weapons modernization program that will build a new generation of nuclear armed submarines, a new generation of nuclear bombers, a new generation of ICBM missiles, and new nuclear weapons production plants. Meanwhile, the MBTA’s deferred capital budget is $6.7 trillion. Where are our Priorities?
Call Congress to support the People’s Budget! Seth Moulton (No Shore 202-225-8020), Niki Tsongas (Lowell and west, 202-225-3411), Joe Kennedy (Brookline, Newton & beyond 202-225-5931), Stephen Lynch (Dorchester, So Shore 202-225-8273), Mike Capuano (Somerville, Boston, Roxbury 202-225-5111), Bill Keating (Plymouth, New Bedford, Cape 202-225-3111)
Join Budget for All on Friday morning as we leaflet commuters and sing “The Trains That never Returned“!
Download: Fed Up with MBTA Budget Cuts? flyer
The Trains that Never Returned Song Sheet