Who believes you can rack up economic benefits in New Hampshire by spending New Hampshire tax dollars in Massachusetts and Paris? And, I know our Governor knows this, or does he?

In a letter to the Concord Monitor Dick Lemieux of Concord said:

MBTA is not the partner New Hampshire needs

MBTA has 6,419 employees. Over 2,000 of them are paid over $100,000 a year and over 100 are paid over $170,000.

One employee took home $315,000 by approving his own overtime. General manager, Steve Poftak, is paid $320,000, plus bonuses.

MBTA is $5 billion in debt and has a $10.1 billion maintenance backlog.

Despite the debt and the expensive onboard brain power, MBTA outsources operations to French firm Keolis for $972,600 per day.

MBTA owns the nation’s second worst safety record, with 45 derailments in 5 years, including two this month alone. In response, Poftak announced MBTA will hire a third party to examine the crash issue, saying, “I want a fresh set of eyes on this to make sure we’re not missing something”.

This wouldn’t matter to us except that our Legislature passed Senate Bill 241, which would launch into motion the first steps leading up to a long term business arrangement with MBTA.
The plan is to give MBTA $10.8 million a year in ticket revenue and NH taxpayer funded subsidies, which MBTA would pay to Keolis to operate and maintain rail service between Manchester and Lowell. In return, we would get train service that only one percent of commuters would choose over congested highways.

Rail hobbyists and lobbyists have convinced gullible NH legislators (mostly Democrats) that sending $10.8 million a year to Boston and Paris will generate “tremendous economic benefits”, amounting to hundreds of million dollars, in New Hampshire.

Gov. Sununu should not allow his fingerprints to be found on this train wreck. He should veto SB 241!