Deval is thinking big again. Good for him!
Here is how the Boston Globe reports a story that could appropriately be headlined “Mitt Romney was Right!”. It begins this way:
Governor Deval Patrick's administration is quietly floating plans with key legislators to merge several of the state's transportation bureaucracies, in hope of saving money and creating a more efficient system, but he is months from proposing the sweeping changes…
And about 2/3s through the story some historical perspective is added:
Governor Mitt Romney, a Republican, made merging the Turnpike Authority and Highway Department a major crusade during his administration but was thwarted by the Legislature…Even with Romney's departure, combining agencies has remained an important option as officials continue to face major transportation budget problems.
“Even with Romney’s departure”? Perhaps this is how the Globe explains to its more gullible readers that Mitt Romney was actually not the root cause of the state’s financial problems.
And the story’s final sentence:
On Thursday, the Turnpike Authority board is scheduled to consider a series of toll increases, including one that could double the fee for the Ted Williams and Sumner tunnels to $6 for cash-paying customers.
That will draw more attention than anything else in this story when it happens!