Andy Metzger

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Pollack: “Hemorrhaging” MBTA needs tourniquet

Pollack: “Hemorrhaging” MBTA needs tourniquet

Transportation secretary says without state help, T faces $187 million gap

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MBTA HAS an estimated 535 employees on its debt-funded capital budget and without state budget help will run a $187 million deficit next fiscal year, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack told lawmakers Tuesday. Pollack told lawmakers the $187 million request in Gov. Charlie Baker’s fiscal 2016 budget proposal would help the(...)

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Boston 2024 backs state referendum

Boston 2024 backs state referendum

Fish said voters will make final decision

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE CHIEF BACKER of a Boston bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics is now supporting the idea of a 2016 referendum on the bid. Suffolk Construction CEO John Fish, who is spearheading the privately funded nonprofit seeking to bring the summer Olympics to Boston, told the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce(...)

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Baker proposes T funding hike

Baker proposes T funding hike

One lawmaker calls spending boost crazy

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE TAXPAYERS WILL further subsidize the struggling MBTA under Gov. Charlie Baker’s budget proposal, which calls for a $64.5 million increase in funding for the agency, an investment that one top House lawmaker and MBTA critic called “kind of crazy.” The increase, part of a spending bill that will be fully(...)

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Baker talks more broadly about the T

Baker talks more broadly about the T

New taxes on table but not first option

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER, who has avoided discussion of long-term solutions in favor of focusing on short-term fixes for the snow-battered MBTA, said Thursday he is not foreclosing any approach but expressed strong reservations about turning immediately to tax hikes. Baker campaigned in favor of repealing a law linking the gas tax(...)

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MBTA still unsure when it can resume operations

MBTA still unsure when it can resume operations

General Manager Beverly Scott defends response, makes no promises if more snow falls Thursday

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WITH ITS RAIL service shut down, MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott on Tuesday defended the transit system’s response to historic snow amounts and said she would not know when the rail system could resume operations until later Tuesday afternoon. During a late-morning press conference, Scott said she could not assure the(...)

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Baker calls snow unprecedented

Baker calls snow unprecedented

Says precipitation affecting just about everything

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE RECORD-BREAKING SNOWFALL totals are stressing roofs across Massachusetts, hurting retailers, and eating into time Gov. Charlie Baker expected would be spent on his first state budget proposal and other aspects of leading the state. “It’s true for us. It’s true for local officials. It’s true for parents. It’s true for municipalities.(...)

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DeLeo has lots of jobs to hand out

DeLeo has lots of jobs to hand out

13 leadership positions vacant

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE RECENTLY GRANTED THE ability to hold his office indefinitely, House Speaker Robert DeLeo has 10 empty chairmanships to fill, along with a leadership position and the assistant vice-chairmanship of the powerful House Committee on Ways and Means. Departures from the House during the 2013-2014 session have given DeLeo an opportunity to(...)

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GIC needs $120m more to cover shortfall

Could accentuate state budget problem

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE The state commission that oversees public employee health insurance coverage will likely need at least $120 million in additional funding this fiscal year, a request that would contribute to ongoing state budget problems. “It’s probably going to be north of $120 million,” Group Insurance Commission (GIC) Executive Director Dolores Mitchell told(...)

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Warren on prez run: ‘No means no’

Capuano offers support for White House bid

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE If Sen. Elizabeth Warren breaks from her firm public stance and runs for president, she will have the backing of Congressman Michael Capuano, who said Monday that he offered his assistance without “trying to pry” into her intentions. “I have spoken to her. I have not asked her for any response.(...)

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Feds set to provide $1b for Green Line extension

Remainder of $2.3b project would come from state

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE The Federal Transit Administration plans to provide nearly $1 billion in funding for the $2.3 billion Green Line Extension project, which will bring trolley service through Somerville to Medford. Acting FTA Administrator Therese McMillan wrote to a US Senate committee on Monday, informing members that the federal government planned to provide(...)

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