Andy Metzger

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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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Jacques blames job loss on Patrick retaliation

Ex-senator says lawsuit prompted replacement

  STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Cheryl Jacques, an administrative judge and former lawmaker, is preparing to sue Gov. Deval Patrick, claiming he nominated someone else to replace her at the Department of Industrial Accidents as retaliation for a gender discrimination lawsuit she and two other judges filed against the agency. The lawsuit against the Department(...)

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Mulligan testimony likely untruthful – defense lawyers

Probation defendants seeking new trial

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Defense attorneys, who represent three former probation officials convicted of secretly rigging the hiring system, are accusing former Chief Justice of Administration and Management Robert Mulligan of “likely” testifying untruthfully in the trial. Mulligan was a key witness in the trial of former Probation Commissioner John O’Brien and two former deputies,(...)

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