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Baker’s record on records

Baker’s record on records

Governor withheld documents in 33 instances

Over the past two years, Gov. Charlie Baker has responded to 33 requests for public records by either withholding the information in its entirety or releasing it in redacted form. Baker’s record on records requests, which itself was obtained through a public records request, aligns with his view that his office is not subject to(...)

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Logan inching toward agreement with Uber, Lyft

Logan inching toward agreement with Uber, Lyft

Change in Massport regs could be death knell for cabs

Massport is quietly trying to fashion new regulations to open up Logan Airport to all ride-hailing drivers but, six months after passage of a state law paving the way for transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft to operate, the sides are still unable to reach an agreement. A Massport spokeswoman said the bill(...)

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MassHousing paid settlements to terminated workers

MassHousing paid settlements to terminated workers

Three employees received a total of $144,552

THE NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency terminated three employees earlier this year and cushioned the blow by paying them a total of $144,552, according to records grudgingly released by the agency. The employee terminations followed soon after Timothy Sullivan was named executive director of the authority at a strange meeting of(...)

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T parking revenue up 22%

T parking revenue up 22%

Was uptick due to theft discovery?

THE MBTA’S PARKING REVENUE increased 22 percent over the last five months compared to the same period a year ago, reinforcing the notion that theft by employees of the T’s private parking lot operator may have been tempering revenue gains. The parking problem surfaced in February when daily revenue reports at MBTA lots didn’t match(...)

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Bishops press Beacon Hill for criminal justice reform   

Bishops press Beacon Hill for criminal justice reform  

Catholic leaders urge end to mandatory minimum drug sentences, other changes

THE STATE’S FOUR Catholic bishops are adding their voices to those calling for the Legislature to take up a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill when lawmakers reconvene for a new session next month. In a letter sent last week to state leaders, the bishops urged adoption of “comprehensive thoughtful reforms” that can “reduce recidivism and(...)

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Clinton outperformed Obama in Mass.

Clinton outperformed Obama in Mass.

Margin not enough to shift state legislative races

HILLARY CLINTON didn’t do as well on Election Day in most states as President Obama did in 2012  – except in a handful of spots, including Massachusetts. In fact, Clinton defeated Donald Trump by a larger margin in Massachusetts than Obama beat Senator John McCain in 2008. However, the size of the margin was not(...)

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Eversource pushing big solar project

Eversource pushing big solar project

Utility says it won’t use net metering incentive

EVERSOURCE ENERGY, a fierce opponent of solar subsidies on Beacon Hill, is seeking state approval to build solar farms across Massachusetts. A spokesman for the utility said the net cost of its solar power will be 18 cents a kilowatt hour, which will be recovered through the company’s distribution rates along with a regulated rate(...)

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Lang: Keolis was on verge of walking away

Lang: Keolis was on verge of walking away

‘We were beholden to them,’ says T oversight board member

A MEMBER OF THE MBTA’S oversight board said the transit agency’s commuter rail operator was on the verge of walking away from its $2.68 billion contract earlier this year when state officials agreed to pay the company at least $66 million extra over the course of the next six years. Brian Lang, a union official(...)

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Malden charter seeks damages from departing teacher

Malden charter seeks damages from departing teacher

School goes after 7-year employee for $6,087

ONE MIGHT HAVE expected Mystic Valley Regional Charter School to throw Matt Kowalski a goodbye party after seven years as a dedicated social studies teacher at the Malden school. Instead, they sent him a bill. In a heavy-handed move that appears to be unique among Massachusetts charter schools, Mystic Valley includes in its teachers’ contract(...)

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A wasted vote of conscience

A wasted vote of conscience

Most write-ins get lumped together under ‘others’  

IN THIS PERIOD of discontent with the Republican and Democratic nominees for president, many Massachusetts voters are talking about writing in their own candidate when they enter the voting booth on Nov. 8. But while a write-in vote may be a feel-good act of personal protest, it won’t mean much because a peculiarity of Massachusetts(...)

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