Andy Metzger

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Pollack wants to step up climate-change efforts

Pollack wants to step up climate-change efforts

Enough pilots, time to go to scale, she says

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE CLIMATE CHANGE WILL BECOME a “huge focus” of the Baker administration’s transportation efforts, according to a top state official who said the old method of building pilot-sized, shared-use, walking-cycling paths does not meet the demands for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. “The time has come. We’ve had enough pilots. We’ve had enough(...)

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DeLeo to consult economists on taxes

DeLeo to consult economists on taxes

'My history has been to stay away from taxes'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE With tax revenue growth falling short of levels needed to meet spending demands, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said over the weekend that he wants to hear from economists before rendering an updated opinion on higher taxes. DeLeo’s opinion on tax increases carries extra weight on Beacon Hill – tax hikes must(...)

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Study: Storage could deliver 600 MW in 10 years

Study: Storage could deliver 600 MW in 10 years

Officials say incentives could lead to “game-changer” in renewable energy

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WITH THE RIGHT amount of encouragement, energy storage technology – a field that can range from batteries to more novel contraptions – could account for 600 megawatts of energy in Massachusetts by 2025, providing more than $800 million in savings and reducing greenhouse gases by the equivalent of removing 73,000 cars(...)

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Peyser gets raucous reception at UMass

Peyser gets raucous reception at UMass

Despite boos, education secretary said he loved it

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE EDUCATION SECRETARY JAMES PEYSER received a raucous reception at the University of Massachusetts Boston on Thursday, where his entreaties to spur growth outside campuses and cut dead wood within state higher education ran up against faculty demands for more funding. Peyser told the audience at a convocation ceremony on the harbor-side(...)

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T deficit cut to $86M

T deficit cut to $86M

Officials say shrinking gap trending in right direction

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MBTA FINISHED fiscal year 2016 with a structural deficit of $86 million, a roughly 28 percent decrease from the previous year in the difference between the transit agency’s revenues and expenses. MBTA Chief Financial Officer Michael Abramo told the T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board that the MBTA’s operating expenses(...)

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Healey cuts deal with CVS on opioids

Healey cuts deal with CVS on opioids

Settlement requires pharmacists to check database

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE CVS PHARMACY will require its staff to check the state’s prescription monitoring program database before filling certain abuse-associated opioid prescriptions under a newly announced settlement with Attorney General Maura Healey’s office. The settlement includes a payment of $795,000 from the chain. According to the attorney general’s office, it resolves allegations that(...)

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MIT dean talks fusion with govs, premiers

MIT dean talks fusion with govs, premiers

'There's a reason to be optimistic,' he says

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AN ACADEMIC’S IDEAS about what the future might hold inspired Gov. Charlie Baker to invite him to speak to Canadian premiers and New England governors. Speaking to the international assembly in Boston on Monday, MIT School of Engineering Dean Ian Waitz said in two decades or more the technology of electricity(...)

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AIM scorecard tells “tale of two chambers”

AIM scorecard tells “tale of two chambers”

High grades for House, poor marks for Senate from business group

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A MAJOR BUSINESS association gave Senate President Stan Rosenberg its lowest score this election cycle, and criticized the Senate’s work in the current legislative session. “While the House of Representatives and Speaker Robert DeLeo successfully forged consensus on important measures such as wage equity and energy, the Senate hewed to a(...)

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Pence pep talk doesn’t sway Baker

Pence pep talk doesn’t sway Baker

Gov praises Trump running mate, but not Trump

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOP VICE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE Mike Pence pitched a gathering of Republican governors in Colorado on Tuesday, but even a “terrific” speech by a fellow governor wasn’t enough to win over Gov. Charlie Baker. “I thought his talk was terrific, because it was as he is. It was a positive and optimistic speech.(...)

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State Dems say no to charter ballot question

State Dems say no to charter ballot question

Education issue exposes rift inside the party

STATE HOUSE NEWS THE MASSACHUSETTS DEMOCRATIC PARTY on Tuesday night voted to oppose a ballot question that would expand charter schools in Massachusetts, putting the party at odds with some of its members in the Legislature. “Our local communities cannot afford to lose even more money to charter schools,” said former Rep. Carol Donovan, a(...)

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