Andy Metzger

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Green Line extension endangered

Green Line extension endangered

Officials eye killing long-planned project as costs balloon

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE COST SET set by the Green Line Extension contractor for the first three stations is more than double the amount state and federal transit officials recently estimated, calling into question the full price tag of the new trolley line and whether the state can afford to build it. Recently estimated(...)

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Murray’s defense fund grows with insider donations

Murray’s defense fund grows with insider donations

Former Senate president’s account used to pay legal fees from Probation probe

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE TWO DAYS AFTER she left office, capping a 22-year career in the state Legislature, former Senate President Therese Murray in January established a legal defense fund that has since accrued $17,500 from a lobbying group, a former Senate colleague and a former advertising executive. There are no limits on contributions to such(...)

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Brockton mayor makes casino pitch

Brockton mayor makes casino pitch

Gaming Commission: No guarantee license will be issued

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE BROCKTON MAYOR BILL CARPENTER pitched his city as a strong contender for the state’s remaining casino license on Thursday, saying it would benefit from the jobs, infrastructure improvements, and revenues that would accompany the development. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission, which has already awarded two resort casino licenses, affirmed its plans to(...)

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Warren calls Trump a ‘blowhard’

Warren calls Trump a ‘blowhard’

Says she is keeping an open mind on the Democratic field

US SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN on Monday called Republican presidential contender Donald Trump a “blowhard” for his recent comments about U.S. Sen. John McCain and decried the partisan politics that she said are driving discussions around the new accord with Iran.   After a roundtable discussion about an employee rights bill in Boston, the Cambridge Democrat(...)

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Springfield casino could be delayed a year

Springfield casino could be delayed a year

MGM blames highway project; cost to state could be $125m

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A DELAY IN A SPRINGFIELD HIGHWAY PROJECT could push back the opening of MGM Springfield by a year, leading to an estimated $125 million in foregone state revenue and tens of millions of dollars in additional costs for MGM. MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis on Thursday asked the state Gaming Commission(...)

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Sheriff: War on drugs  ‘joke’

Sheriff: War on drugs ‘joke’

Tompkins says effort to jail drug users has failed to stem crime

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SAYING MANY OF THOSE incarcerated in his facilities belong elsewhere, Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins on Tuesday said the War on Drugs was a “joke” and a “disservice to our nation.” “I think the war on drugs was a flaming, dare I say joke, frankly,” Tompkins said at a criminal justice panel(...)

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House seeks SJC ruling on Senate tax votes

House seeks SJC ruling on Senate tax votes

DeLeo order says Senate lacked legal authority

  STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE on Friday asked the state’s highest court to weigh in on whether the Senate abided by the constitution in proposing to freeze the income tax rate and add a tobacco tax through its version of the state budget. In a sparsely attended Friday morning session held only(...)

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McGee hedges on overturning union contract awards

McGee hedges on overturning union contract awards

Says Baker proposal on arbitrator rulings still in committee

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE SENATE’S POINT MAN on transportation issues hedged on Thursday on whether lawmakers will give the Massachusetts Department of Transportation board the power to reject an arbitrator’s union contract award. Sen. Thomas McGee of Lynn, the cochair of the Legislature’s Transportation Committee, said the Senate sees no need to appoint a(...)

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Pollack says dissolving T was considered

Pollack says dissolving T was considered

Baker panel decided on control board instead

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SWEEPING ASIDE THE AGENCY that oversees metro Boston’s transit system and reassembling the bureaucracy was a path considered and rejected by a gubernatorial advisory panel, though it is not unreasonable, the state’s transportation chief said Tuesday. “We don’t have a Turnpike Authority anymore. It’s gone. It is not silly to say(...)

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Chief of Lowell campus gets top UMass job

Chief of Lowell campus gets top UMass job

Meehan agrees to serve as president 10 years

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AFTER TOUTING HIS FUNDRAISING capabilities and pledging to make diversity a priority, UMass Lowell Chancellor and former Congressman Martin Meehan was chosen by the University of Massachusetts Board Friday to serve as the system’s next president, a choice made about 24 hours after Meehan’s candidacy was publicly disclosed. Surpassing a Harvard(...)

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