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.