Andy Metzger

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Cordy to retire from SJC

Cordy to retire from SJC

Decision will give Baker his first high court nominee

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE  SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT Justice Robert Cordy plans to retire in August, the court announced Wednesday, creating the first opportunity for Gov. Charlie Baker to make an appointment to the state’s highest court. The former chief legal counsel to Gov. William Weld, Cordy was appointed to the Supreme Judicial Court by Gov.(...)

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State board votes 6-4 to close charter

State board votes 6-4 to close charter

Cites Dorchester Collegiate Academy’s low performance

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE   IN AN EMOTIONALLY CHARGED GYMNASIUM filled with parents and bureaucrats, the state’s education board voted narrowly on Tuesday to revoke the charter of Dorchester Collegiate Academy Charter School. It appeared Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester’s recommendation might deadlock before the board until member Michael Moriarty raised his(...)

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Baker: Greenhouse gas emission target ‘achievable’

Baker: Greenhouse gas emission target ‘achievable’

Says passage of hydroelectricity bill is crucial to meeting goal

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE LEGAL MANDATE of reducing Massachusetts greenhouse gas emissions to hit a 2020 benchmark is “achievable” if environmental policies are carried out but imperiled if the state neglects a major importation of renewable energy, according to a Baker administration report released Tuesday. The first update to the state’s clean energy and climate(...)

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DeLeo rips Globe for ‘painful’ analogy

DeLeo rips Globe for ‘painful’ analogy

Speaker calls for an apology for comparing House to a plantation

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE HOUSE SPEAKER ROBERT DELEO lashed out at the Boston Globe Friday afternoon, asking for an apology after the broadsheet likened the House to a plantation. The article by Globe State House Bureau Chief Frank Phillips reviewed 2015 and forecast the year ahead for DeLeo, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and Gov. Charlie(...)

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Massport wants to add 5,000 parking spots

Massport wants to add 5,000 parking spots

Passenger traffic forecast to grow 24% by 2022

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY plans to upgrade facilities for travel by ground, sea, and air with added parking and international gates at Logan Airport and a dredging project in Boston Harbor. Massport Executive Director Thomas Glynn told the Transportation Committee on Thursday that the authority is looking to add another 5,000(...)

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Commuter rail train derails in Andover

Commuter rail train derails in Andover

4 a.m. incident under investigation; no one injured

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A COMMUTER RAIL TRAIN without any passengers derailed north of the Andover station Tuesday morning, a day after MBTA overseers advanced two options for hiking fares this year by roughly 6.7 percent or 9.7 percent. Mac Daniel, a spokesman for Keolis Commuter Services, the commuter rail operator, said the train was traveling(...)

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T leaders say fares can go up 10%

T leaders say fares can go up 10%

Officials review new ways to assess charges

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AS MBTA LEADERS CONSIDER FARE INCREASES of as much as 10 percent starting July 1 and the potential for fares based on ability to pay, a top official suggested new ways to modernize fare collection. MBTA Chief Administrator Brian Shortsleeve said the T should move toward an “open payment system” where(...)

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T maintenance worker paid $315,000

T maintenance worker paid $315,000

Official says employee worked 2,600 hours of overtime

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE HIGHEST-PAID MBTA EMPLOYEE has been paid about $315,000 so far in 2015, working 4,455 hours, MBTA Chief Administrator Brian Shortsleeve told the T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board on Monday. That worker, who is a maintenance of way employee, receives a base salary of $85,000 and worked about 2,600 hours(...)

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Goldberg: Lower pension fund return target

Goldberg: Lower pension fund return target

Treasurer wants to lower anticipated rate to 7.5%

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE TREASURER DEBORAH GOLDBERG told lawmakers Wednesday she favors lowering the anticipated rate of return on the state’s $60.7 billion pension fund, an action that would make the return more achievable while increasing the pension liability. Last year, the pension fund’s actuarial rate of return dropped from 8 percent to 7.75(...)

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Little support for boosting Green Line state aid

Little support for boosting Green Line state aid

Transportation officials leave project cancellation on table

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE TWO MEMBERS of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board of Directors on Monday said they are “reluctant” to put more money towards the Green Line extension project and transportation officials unanimously supported a resolution that keeps project cancellation a major possibility. This summer, transportation officials announced the estimated cost of the(...)

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