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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

How about a car wash?

Two-plus months into a new year that is destined to go down as one of the most brutal in state budget history, there's finally been some movement spotted on Beacon Hill.

A bake sale. And in the spirit of the times, the House Ways and Means Committee is poised to reject a Patrick administration proposal to tax sweets.

The MBTA Riders Union sweets table was a tongue-in-cheek effort to jump start moribund policymakers who are dithering while the economy continues to circle the drain. But the timing got me to thinking -- particularly after I rode an MBTA bus so dirty that it was impossible to see out the window.

Maybe we are going about this all wrong. Maybe we can all chip and help the T hold a bus wash -- proceeds going to knock down the fare increases being threatened unless the Legislature does something, anything to deal with the transportation infrastructure nightmare this state faces.

Or maybe we can go out to the barn and put on a show. It would still be more than lawmakers have accomplished. Other than running their mouths on why the don't like Patrick's proposal.

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