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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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Top Baker aides on party guest list

Top Baker aides on party guest list

Using state resources led to suspension of DCR chief

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE LIST OF GUESTS invited to the July 3 bash thrown by two top Department of Conservation and Recreation officials using state resources is a veritable who’s who of the executive branch and the state Republican Party — including cabinet secretaries, department heads, senior advisors and political big wigs. It is(...)

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Baker inks long-sought energy law

Baker inks long-sought energy law

Measure sets state on path away from coal, nuclear power

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER sat in the sun on the State House lawn Monday afternoon, relishing a victory for his administration and some in the Legislature. With the stroke of his pen, Baker signed into law an energy bill that aims to diversify the state’s energy portfolio, spur the development of an(...)

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Legislature approves pay equity bill

Legislature approves pay equity bill

Goes to Baker; one of six key legislative priorities

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WHEN GOV. CHARLIE BAKER returns to the State House on Monday, he will have on his desk legislation to ensure that men and women are paid the same for comparable work, one of six major bills he wanted lawmakers to send him before formal sessions end July 31. The House and(...)

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Committee OKs Lottery move online

Committee OKs Lottery move online

Lawmakers say younger people less likely to buy tickets

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MASSACHUSETTS LOTTERY would be authorized to offer its products online and on mobile applications, something the Lottery has said is essential to maintaining and growing its revenues, under a bill given approval this week by a legislative committee. The Lottery has been looking for a “broad mandate” from the Legislature(...)

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Baker sees ‘something really big’ coming in criminal justice reform

Baker sees ‘something really big’ coming in criminal justice reform

Governor's comments come after tour of ed facility for inmates

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WHEN GOV. CHARLIE BAKER walked out of an intensive educational program for prison inmates last week, he thought to himself, “why the . . . did it take so long for us to get around to creating this?” he said Monday morning, inserting a pause where his thoughts may have placed(...)

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Senate passes transgender bill 33-4

Senate passes transgender bill 33-4

House expected to take up own version of legislation

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE BY A 33-4 VOTE, the Massachusetts Senate on Thursday afternoon passed legislation establishing protections for transgender people using public accommodations. The bill (S 735) bans discrimination based on gender identity in public accommodations and would allow people to use bathrooms, locker rooms, and other sex-segregated facilities that correspond with their gender(...)

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Committee votes on transgender bill

Committee votes on transgender bill

Redrafted bill involving AG, MCAD seems to be moving

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE MARKING A POTENTIAL BREAKTHROUGH on the issue, the long-awaited Judiciary Committee vote on transgender rights legislation has commenced, with House Speaker Robert DeLeo expressing confidence that a redrafted bill will protect transgender individuals from harassment and give businesses clear guidance to implement the proposal. The bills being polled in committee Friday(...)

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