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T spin on the Green Line Ext.

T spin on the Green Line Ext.

In June emails, official said 'nothing has changed'

I heard the cost of the Green Line Extension was spinning out of control in early June, but I had no proof and ended up not writing anything. That’s my bad. But my back-and-forth with the MBTA on the issue, all captured in emails, is nevertheless very revealing about the mindset of government officials, and(...)

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Probation juror: Patronage ‘disgusting’ but not illegal

Probation juror: Patronage ‘disgusting’ but not illegal

Says no legislators should have been charged for the centuries-old practice

A LITTLE MORE than a year after the guilty verdicts came down in the Probation Department hiring scandal and with the appeals process inching along, a former juror in the widely watched eight-week federal corruption trial says he’s still convinced of one thing: They got it right. The juror is the first of the panel to(...)

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Trying to saddle the runaway Uber horse

Trying to saddle the runaway Uber horse

State and local officials reluctant to regulate popular ride-sharing industry

Third in a series In May, the members of the Braintree Licensing Board took a step that no other community in the state has been willing or able to do: they banned Uber. By a 4-1 vote, the board ordered that cease and desist letters be given to any driver or company such as Uber,(...)

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DCR forgives $23,000 of club’s unpaid rent

DCR forgives $23,000 of club’s unpaid rent

Wollaston Yacht Club starts anew with clean slate

THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION and Recreation is forgiving three-quarters of the back debt owed by a Quincy yacht club renting space from the state on Wollaston Beach. The Wollaston Yacht Club’s unpaid rent of $30,500 had been a source of friction between the club and the state for years. On a number of occasions,(...)

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Baker’s dire deficit projection misses mark

Baker’s dire deficit projection misses mark

$768m shortfall turned out to be much less

A clarification has been added to this story. THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION’S dire warnings last winter about a $768 million deficit for fiscal 2015 have turned out to be off the mark, so much so that the governor is now asking legislative approval to spend an end-of-the-year surplus. Baker took office last January saying that the(...)

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Baker’s public records silence

Baker’s public records silence

Status quo has benefits for governor

Gov. Charlie Baker isn’t saying where he stands on legislative efforts to update the state’s Public Records Law, possibly because he is not eager to disrupt the status quo. Like his predecessors dating back to the late 1990s, Baker contends that his office is not covered by the Public Records Law, a situation that allows(...)

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Walsh’s steadily expanding casino lawsuit

Walsh’s steadily expanding casino lawsuit

So far, more smoke than smoking gun

OVER THE LAST SEVEN MONTHS, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has steadily increased the intensity of his legal attacks on the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, to the point where the case is now spinning off in a bewildering number of directions. At first, the mayor’s lawsuit focused on broad, largely procedural matters: the Gaming Commission’s failure to(...)

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Mystery figure in Crosby ethics probe revealed

Mystery figure in Crosby ethics probe revealed

Letter writer worked for rivals of Wynn Resorts

THE MYSTERY FIGURE who spurred a state ethics investigation of Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby turns out to be Charles A. Baker III, a lawyer and top Democratic political operative who last year represented rivals of Wynn Resorts in the hunt for a Greater Boston casino license. Baker sent a letter to the State(...)

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Baker seeks to curb solar speculators

Baker seeks to curb solar speculators

Administration tinkers with auction rules for subsidies

A correction has been added to this story. THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION, which favors keeping a cap in place on one solar subsidy program, is now tinkering with another solar price support. State officials say they plan to change the way a key solar subsidy is auctioned to curb price speculation by hedge funds and Wall Street(...)

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Wynn statement on meeting with Walsh

 The following statement was issued by Michael Weaver, senior vice president for marketing and communications at Wynn. In addition to our current $35.9 million commitment to Sullivan Square pre- and post-opening mitigation, Wynn has repeatedly offered its full partnership to the City of Boston to obtain a portion of the Wynn-generated tax funds dedicated to(...)

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