Andy Metzger

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Healey cuts deal with CVS on opioids

Healey cuts deal with CVS on opioids

Settlement requires pharmacists to check database

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE CVS PHARMACY will require its staff to check the state’s prescription monitoring program database before filling certain abuse-associated opioid prescriptions under a newly announced settlement with Attorney General Maura Healey’s office. The settlement includes a payment of $795,000 from the chain. According to the attorney general’s office, it resolves allegations that(...)

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MIT dean talks fusion with govs, premiers

MIT dean talks fusion with govs, premiers

'There's a reason to be optimistic,' he says

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AN ACADEMIC’S IDEAS about what the future might hold inspired Gov. Charlie Baker to invite him to speak to Canadian premiers and New England governors. Speaking to the international assembly in Boston on Monday, MIT School of Engineering Dean Ian Waitz said in two decades or more the technology of electricity(...)

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AIM scorecard tells “tale of two chambers”

AIM scorecard tells “tale of two chambers”

High grades for House, poor marks for Senate from business group

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A MAJOR BUSINESS association gave Senate President Stan Rosenberg its lowest score this election cycle, and criticized the Senate’s work in the current legislative session. “While the House of Representatives and Speaker Robert DeLeo successfully forged consensus on important measures such as wage equity and energy, the Senate hewed to a(...)

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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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