According to the Globe, “even after four contracts related to the long-awaited Green Line extension project were approved at a price more than 44 percent over budget,” Patrick administration officials rushed ahead on the multi-billion dollar job so that they could win a federal grant “before the Governor’s term ends,” according to a Beverly Scott e-mail.READ MORE: Is The Moderna Booster More Effective Than Others? Dr. Mallika Marshall Answers Your Questions
The result – shoddy oversight produced deeply-flawed budgets giving away the store to contractors, and stuffed with “extravagant” designs and expensive community sweeteners.
The entire project is now in jeopardy, and a state bailout could strip scarce resources away from other infrastructure needs.
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
This is the same sorry story of the Big Dig, a needed project propelled at warp speed by the carrot of federal cost-sharing, corrupted by flagrant politicization of the process, and bungled by incompetents.READ MORE: Hunter Renfroe Named Finalist For Gold Glove Award
Now it’s up to the Baker administration to dig us out of this latest mudslide.
Baker was a co-conspirator in the Big Dig fiasco back in the day; that puts extra pressure on him to not play games with this travesty.
But hey, some good news: I just came up with that new Massachusetts state slogan we’ve been looking for.
“The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
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