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Report: MBTA Could Save $1 Billion With Cuts

A new report by the Massachusetts Taxpayer's Foundation says the MBTA could save up to $1 billion in the next 20 years by cutting back on health benefits for workers and retirees.

MTF's Michael Widmer says current T benefits are "out of line" with both the public and private sectors.

That's in part, he says, because until about nine years ago the T wasn't required to stay on budget.

"The result is that these benefits were built in over years with no consequences," Widmer explains. "Now, the consequences are there because the T is managing a budget and has this shortfall."

T officials say they want to review the analysis before commenting.

The authority is $8 billion in debt.

This program aired on March 30, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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