Andy Metzger

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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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Baker signs economic development bill

Baker signs economic development bill

Legislation authorizes spending of as much as $1b

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE With the stroke of a pen Wednesday morning, Gov. Charlie Baker authorized $500 million in new state infrastructure spending, $45 million for contaminated site cleanups, and $4.5 million for a cybersecurity and data center. The roughly $1 billion economic development law completes the work on major bills highlighted by the governor(...)

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Lawmakers send fare cap plan back to Baker

Lawmakers send fare cap plan back to Baker

Legislature insists on a 7 percent limit on all MBTA increases

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE UNPERSUADED BY HIS arguments for greater flexibility in setting fares, lawmakers on Tuesday sent back to Gov. Charlie Baker legislation strictly capping MBTA fare increases at 7 percent every two years. Baker had removed the provision from the fiscal 2017 budget he signed, seeking to give MBTA management a freer hand(...)

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MBTA police plan to privatize dispatch services

MBTA police plan to privatize dispatch services

Move marks first time the agency has employed the power to skirt the Pacheco Law

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE   THE MBTA PLANS to move its Transit Police dispatching function to the private vendor IXP Corporation, freeing up 15 officers to move to patrol as the T takes advantage of new abilities to outsource work. The $6.1 million contract would pay for three years of private dispatch, moving 15 officers(...)

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Legislature rejects Baker T fare amendment

Legislature rejects Baker T fare amendment

Allows 7% increase on any fare, pass every 2 years

The Massachusetts Senate both and House rejected Gov. Charlie Baker’s amendment to a proposed new cap on MBTA fare hikes on Thursday night. The Legislature had sent the governor a new fare cap of up to 7 percent every two years on any individual fare or pass. The governor’s amendment agreed to the 7 percent cap, but(...)

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Baker pushes T fare flexibility

Baker pushes T fare flexibility

Returns strict budget provision to Legislature

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER WANTS to give the MBTA a freer hand in raising fares, sending back to the Legislature a budgetary provision that would have imposed stricter limits on raising rider revenue. The budget provision is intended to limit fare hikes, allowing the T to increase the cost of any single(...)

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Temporary helistop coming as early as Sept.

Temporary helistop coming as early as Sept.

State official: No site yet, but it could pay for itself

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ONE OF THE POTENTIAL FRUITS of General Electric’s deal to move to Boston – a full heliport – could be established in Boston and a state official on Monday said a temporary helistop could be set up as soon as September. The deal between the state, Boston and GE called for(...)

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Baker plans budget amendment on licenses

Baker plans budget amendment on licenses

Responds to concerns raised by House Republicans

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AFTER CONCERNS WERE RAISED in the Legislature and the press, Gov. Charlie Baker plans to file a state budget amendment seeking to ensure that those in the country illegally are not able to gain access to Massachusetts driver’s licenses. Rep. James Lyons, an Andover Republican, last week raised concerns that language(...)

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