Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Thurs, 2/16, Forum, "We Can Stop MBTA Fare Hikes! Tax the 1%!"

7pm, Haymarket People's Fund, 42 Seaverns Ave, Jamaica Plain, MA (map)

The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA or "the T") recently announced plans to cut $121 million from its budget to deal with its growing deficit. The T has given us two "scenarios" for saving this money. The bogus choice between them is no choice at all. Both involve severe increases in fares, including fares for seniors and people with disabilities. They only differ on how much to squeeze out of people who use the T and how many bus lines to cut, predominantly those that serve Black and Latino neighborhoods.

But the state of Massachusetts has plenty of wealth within it. We could easily resolve the T's financial problems by taxing the wealthiest people in Boston just a bit more. The five richest people in Boston, alone, are worth $24 billion. And corporations and private universities often pay little or no property tax. Harvard University's endowment increased 20% in the last fiscal year to $32 billion. So the solution shouldn't be making working people pay for a fiscal crisis we had nothing to do with. We should reject calls for "shared sacrifice," because the richest in our state aren't being asked to sacrifice a dime.

Join us for a discussion of what these cuts and fare hikes will mean for working people, where the money could come from instead, and a vision of making public transit free and available to all, servicing all the neighborhoods of Boston and beyond.

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See also "Transit Cuts Punish Workers" from SocialistWorker.org:
http://socialistworker.org/2012/02/01/transit-cuts-punish-workers

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