Andy Metzger

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House passes budget 156-0

House passes budget 156-0

Spending in bill surpasses target set by Baker

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE passed a $39.56 billion fiscal 2017 budget Wednesday afternoon, shipping its spending plan to the Senate which plans in May to debate its vision of what state spending should look like beginning July 1. The budget was approved after two-plus days of deliberations marked by light and sporadic(...)

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T pension fund has negligible gains

T pension fund has negligible gains

Head of fund takes questions from authority's oversight board on returns, transparency

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MBTA RETIREMENT FUND, which set its assumed annual rate of return on investments at 7.75 percent, will probably earn about a half-percent of return in 2015, according to its executive director. Executive Director Michael Mulhern on Monday announced completion of the fund’s 2014 audit, which has delayed the finalization of the(...)

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T: Service cuts still an option

T: Service cuts still an option

Despite fare hike, authority keeps squeezing spending

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MBTA, which recently voted to raise fares and made significant headway on its structural deficit this year, could look to service cuts in fiscal 2017 when it tries to bridge the remainder of its projected $80 million gap, a top T official said Thursday. The transportation authority is counting on(...)

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GE’s Immelt not worried about local policy matters

GE’s Immelt not worried about local policy matters

Unconcerned about noncompete legislation, millionaire's tax

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AIMING TO TRANSFORM BOSTON into the hub of the “industrial Internet,” the CEO of General Electric expressed a come-what-may attitude on Monday about two policy proposals in the pipeline. Speaking before a crowd of business and government heavyweights at 60 State Street, Jeff Immelt said Boston’s “ecosystem” of ideas and entrepreneurs(...)

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New Government Center T stop opens

New Government Center T stop opens

Despite glass issue, project done on time, under budget

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE OPENING ITS DOORS FOR THE FIRST TIME to the public Monday afternoon, the rebuilt Government Center MBTA station is newly accessible to people in wheelchairs, capping off a program that made 80 stations on the MBTA accessible to people with disabilities. For two years the Blue and Green line connection at(...)

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DOT capital plan earmarks most money to improvements

DOT capital plan earmarks most money to improvements

More than 80 percent of funds would be split between transit and rail, roads and bridges

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE STATE’S TRANSPORTATION department would devote 80 percent of its more than $14.3 billion capital dollars to system improvement and modernization with roughly equal investments in transit and rail as would be spent on roads and bridges, under a plan presented Wednesday. “It’s focused on improving the reliability of the existing(...)

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House passes opioid abuse prevention bill

House passes opioid abuse prevention bill

Senate set to take up bill; could be on Baker's desk by weekend

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY PASSED a compromise opioid abuse prevention bill on Wednesday afternoon that was negotiated over the past seven weeks with the Senate. The bill, which included multiple initiatives tied to intervention, treatment, prevention, and education, would limit the size of first-time opioid prescriptions and require schools to screen students(...)

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Ash pushes corporate tax break

Ash pushes corporate tax break

Baker aide also backs $7 million cap on film tax credits per production

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER, who campaigned two years ago on lowering business taxes, is aiming to align Bay State corporate tax policy with that of 23 states around the nation. The proposed change included in Baker’s economic development bill would affect multistate companies doing business in Massachusetts and eventually reduce state revenues(...)

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Uber offers temporary $5 late-night fare

Uber offers temporary $5 late-night fare

Company says service will make T transition easier

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Uber plans to offer its pool car service at reduced fares on early-morning weekend hours to help people “transition” out of extended-hours MBTA weekend service, which is set to end March 19. Chris Taylor, general manager of Uber in Boston, announced the temporary discounted service at a meeting of the MBTA(...)

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Walsh backs MBTA fare hike

Walsh backs MBTA fare hike

Boston's mayor says the T needs the money

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WITH A VOTE ON FARE HIKES expected Monday, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Wednesday gave general support to the idea of charging riders more for MBTA service. “Fare hikes are never positive. They’re never popular, but the MBTA needs money. And that’s the bottom line,” Walsh told reporters before heading into(...)

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