Michael P. Norton

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Baker to nix VMT pilot bid

Baker to nix VMT pilot bid

Won't even test vehicle-miles-traveled fee

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WHEN GOV. CHARLIE BAKER signs a highway and small bridge repair funding bill on Wednesday, the Republican governor plans to nix a proposed pilot program to test a system that would charge drivers based on how many miles they drive. Labeling the vehicle-miles-traveled pilot program a “tax,” Baker said he will(...)

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UMass cost could rise 5-8%

UMass cost could rise 5-8%

Rate will far exceed growth in inflation

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE University of Massachusetts students working this summer to pay for college could face a higher financial mountain to climb in the fall. After freezing tuition for two straight years and then increasing it 5 percent last year, UMass appears poised to raise tuition and fees by rates that far exceed growth(...)

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DeLeo seeks task force on integrity

DeLeo seeks task force on integrity

Would review laws on conduct of public officials, lobbyists

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE HOUSE SPEAKER ROBERT DELEO is mounting a push to create a Task Force on Integrity in State and Local Government, which would look at the laws governing the conduct of public officials and lobbyists as well as financial disclosure and campaign finance statutes. According to a copy of a resolve DeLeo(...)

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DeLeo: Policy differences could hinder budget deal

DeLeo: Policy differences could hinder budget deal

Senate pushing three times as many policy changes as House

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Wednesday said policy differences between the House and Senate loom as an even larger obstacle than a revenue shortfall to a budget accord that’s due in two weeks. Talking to reporters after a closed Democratic caucus, DeLeo said the House budget (H 4201) included close to(...)

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Baker: I’d sign House transgender bill

Baker: I’d sign House transgender bill

'No one should be discriminated against,' he says

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ON THE EVE of House debate on the issue, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday he would sign transgender anti-discrimination legislation crafted by House leaders. “No one should be discriminated against in Massachusetts because of their gender identity,” the governor said in a statement. “After hearing from all sides and carefully reviewing(...)

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Public records bill sent to Baker

Public records bill sent to Baker

First legislative overhaul of the law in 43 years

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE AND SENATE each voted unanimously Wednesday to advance to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk a compromise bill that represents the first major overhaul of public records access laws in 43 years. In addition to requiring state agencies and cities and towns to designate records officers to field requests, the(...)

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Walsh tourism chief indicted on extortion charge

Walsh tourism chief indicted on extortion charge

Feds allege Brissette pressured music festival to hire union workers

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WITH HIS TOURISM chief due in federal court Thursday afternoon to face extortion charges, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh described 52-year-old Ken Brissette as a “good and hardworking person” and pledged continued cooperation with federal prosecutors who arrested Brissette on Thursday morning. “I am deeply concerned about today’s news. Everyone who knows(...)

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SJC to state: Broaden emission mandates

SJC to state: Broaden emission mandates

Transportation sector seen as likely target for regulations

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A UNANIMOUS SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT RULING handed down on Tuesday affirms the state’s obligations under a 2008 global warming law and orders state government to create and implement regulations that apply to multiple carbon sources to meet its emission reduction mandates. Vacating a Superior Court judge’s ruling, the SJC ruled that(...)

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Baker freezes non-essential spending

Baker freezes non-essential spending

Step taken to deal with emerging budget shortfall

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION on Friday ordered the immediate suspension of all state spending on “non-essential” goods and services in an array of categories, including outside consultants, leases and office equipment and computers. The directive is part of an effort to balance this year’s $38.4 billion state budget in the face of(...)

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