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I don’t get your reasoning, Governor Baker.

You’ve got a crippled mass transit system sorely in need of repairs. Yet, you refuse to provide more taxes or fees to fix this government-run system. Your rationale: You don’t want us saddled with greater costs.

Yet, on another issue, you’ve apparently taken a different stance in total disregard for your principles. I remind you that during your gubernatorial campaign you stated your opposition to the proposed Kinder Morgan NED pipeline and advocated fixing the leaks instead. By proposing that electric companies can contract for natural gas you are, in turn, financing the construction of fracked gas, high-pressure pipelines through your constituents’ homesteads on the backs of electricity ratepayers. This “cost recovery” mechanism, buried in our electricity rates, is nothing more than a tax by another name.

I don’t understand why you think it’s wrong to ask us to help fix our own transportation system, but you have no problem ordering us to pay a private business’s expenses.

Please, Governor Baker, don’t break your campaign promises. Don’t betray those who recently elected you. Don’t support building the KM pipeline. Don’t advocate a tariff that passes Kinder Morgan’s business expenses onto us.

Emily Norton

Townsend

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