Andy Metzger

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House OKs hydro, offshore wind bill

House OKs hydro, offshore wind bill

Smizik drops amendment allowing Cape Wind to compete

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE House lawmakers voted near unanimously on Wednesday to diversify the state’s state energy mix by requiring utilities to solicit and enter into long-term contracts for large-scale hydroelectric and offshore wind power as part of a strategy to reduce the state’s reliance on natural gas and meet its carbon emission reduction mandates.(...)

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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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MBTA GM DePaola, fighting cancer, stepping down

MBTA GM DePaola, fighting cancer, stepping down

Shortsleeve named acting general manager

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE MBTA GENERAL MANAGER FRANK DEPAOLA has been battling cancer and plans to retire June 30, state officials announced on Monday. “As some of you know, Frank has been battling cancer for months and he has now come to the conclusion that he cannot focus adequately on his health and the treatment(...)

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Baker won’t vote for Trump or Clinton

Baker won’t vote for Trump or Clinton

Calls the current election cycle one of most troubling he's seen

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AFTER TOSSING TROUT into Jamaica Pond on Wednesday, Gov. Charlie Baker heaved aside his earlier notion that the Republican presidential nomination has not yet been decided. The expected showdown between the likely Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton means the governor will not vote for the Republican presidential(...)

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House passes budget 156-0

House passes budget 156-0

Spending in bill surpasses target set by Baker

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE passed a $39.56 billion fiscal 2017 budget Wednesday afternoon, shipping its spending plan to the Senate which plans in May to debate its vision of what state spending should look like beginning July 1. The budget was approved after two-plus days of deliberations marked by light and sporadic(...)

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T pension fund has negligible gains

T pension fund has negligible gains

Head of fund takes questions from authority's oversight board on returns, transparency

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MBTA RETIREMENT FUND, which set its assumed annual rate of return on investments at 7.75 percent, will probably earn about a half-percent of return in 2015, according to its executive director. Executive Director Michael Mulhern on Monday announced completion of the fund’s 2014 audit, which has delayed the finalization of the(...)

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T: Service cuts still an option

T: Service cuts still an option

Despite fare hike, authority keeps squeezing spending

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MBTA, which recently voted to raise fares and made significant headway on its structural deficit this year, could look to service cuts in fiscal 2017 when it tries to bridge the remainder of its projected $80 million gap, a top T official said Thursday. The transportation authority is counting on(...)

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GE’s Immelt not worried about local policy matters

GE’s Immelt not worried about local policy matters

Unconcerned about noncompete legislation, millionaire's tax

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AIMING TO TRANSFORM BOSTON into the hub of the “industrial Internet,” the CEO of General Electric expressed a come-what-may attitude on Monday about two policy proposals in the pipeline. Speaking before a crowd of business and government heavyweights at 60 State Street, Jeff Immelt said Boston’s “ecosystem” of ideas and entrepreneurs(...)

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New Government Center T stop opens

New Government Center T stop opens

Despite glass issue, project done on time, under budget

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE OPENING ITS DOORS FOR THE FIRST TIME to the public Monday afternoon, the rebuilt Government Center MBTA station is newly accessible to people in wheelchairs, capping off a program that made 80 stations on the MBTA accessible to people with disabilities. For two years the Blue and Green line connection at(...)

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DOT capital plan earmarks most money to improvements

DOT capital plan earmarks most money to improvements

More than 80 percent of funds would be split between transit and rail, roads and bridges

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE STATE’S TRANSPORTATION department would devote 80 percent of its more than $14.3 billion capital dollars to system improvement and modernization with roughly equal investments in transit and rail as would be spent on roads and bridges, under a plan presented Wednesday. “It’s focused on improving the reliability of the existing(...)

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