Andy Metzger

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DeLeo open to changing pot law

DeLeo open to changing pot law

If ballot question passes, his concerns are tax rate, edibles, OUIs

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE HOUSE SPEAKER ROBERT DELEO is poised in 2017 to make changes to a marijuana legalization proposal should voters adopt it in two weeks. “I will not hesitate from day one to make changes to it,” DeLeo told WCVB’s On the Record in an interview that aired Sunday. Under DeLeo, the House(...)

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Bump will seek third term

Bump will seek third term

Auditor dismisses idea she'll leave to run late husband's businesses

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AUDITOR SUZANNE BUMP plans to run for re-election and will play no role in the day-to-day operations of her late husband’s businesses, according to a statement she released Tuesday. The Boston Globe reported Monday that Bump had taken over two for-profit Quincy-based businesses, Modern Assistance Programs and Map Test, from Paul(...)

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MassDOT looks to trash records

MassDOT looks to trash records

Agency has retained "massive" driver tolling records dating back to 1998

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE IF YOU USED an old Fastlane transponder on the Massachusetts Turnpike 18 years ago, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation likely has a record of that trip. MassDOT on Wednesday sought approval of a new records retention schedule as it plans to convert to all-electronic tolling Oct. 28, and plans to request(...)

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SJC upholds parent rights of same-sex partner

SJC upholds parent rights of same-sex partner

Applies even if unmarried, no biological connection to children

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE PARENTING RIGHTS of a mother in a same-sex relationship extend even when the couple is unmarried and the mother has no biological connection to the children, the state’s highest court ruled Tuesday. In a decision written by Justice Barbara Lenk, the Supreme Judicial Court overturned a Middlesex County family court’s(...)

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Baker appalled by DCR official’s actions

Baker appalled by DCR official’s actions

Video showed aide using siren and lights to bypass traffic

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said Monday he was “appalled” by the actions of a former top state parks official, confirming that video showed him driving with lights and sirens on. Speaking to reporters outside an event at the Animal Rescue League of Boston, Baker said that Matt Sisk, the former deputy commissioner(...)

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Pollack wants to step up climate-change efforts

Pollack wants to step up climate-change efforts

Enough pilots, time to go to scale, she says

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE CLIMATE CHANGE WILL BECOME a “huge focus” of the Baker administration’s transportation efforts, according to a top state official who said the old method of building pilot-sized, shared-use, walking-cycling paths does not meet the demands for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. “The time has come. We’ve had enough pilots. We’ve had enough(...)

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DeLeo to consult economists on taxes

DeLeo to consult economists on taxes

'My history has been to stay away from taxes'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE With tax revenue growth falling short of levels needed to meet spending demands, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said over the weekend that he wants to hear from economists before rendering an updated opinion on higher taxes. DeLeo’s opinion on tax increases carries extra weight on Beacon Hill – tax hikes must(...)

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Study: Storage could deliver 600 MW in 10 years

Study: Storage could deliver 600 MW in 10 years

Officials say incentives could lead to “game-changer” in renewable energy

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WITH THE RIGHT amount of encouragement, energy storage technology – a field that can range from batteries to more novel contraptions – could account for 600 megawatts of energy in Massachusetts by 2025, providing more than $800 million in savings and reducing greenhouse gases by the equivalent of removing 73,000 cars(...)

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Peyser gets raucous reception at UMass

Peyser gets raucous reception at UMass

Despite boos, education secretary said he loved it

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE EDUCATION SECRETARY JAMES PEYSER received a raucous reception at the University of Massachusetts Boston on Thursday, where his entreaties to spur growth outside campuses and cut dead wood within state higher education ran up against faculty demands for more funding. Peyser told the audience at a convocation ceremony on the harbor-side(...)

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T deficit cut to $86M

T deficit cut to $86M

Officials say shrinking gap trending in right direction

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MBTA FINISHED fiscal year 2016 with a structural deficit of $86 million, a roughly 28 percent decrease from the previous year in the difference between the transit agency’s revenues and expenses. MBTA Chief Financial Officer Michael Abramo told the T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board that the MBTA’s operating expenses(...)

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