The Back Story

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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What’s Schilling’s game?

What’s Schilling’s game?

Ex-Sox hurler talks Senate bid but his actions run counter

Curt Schilling is running. The question is for what. Schilling, the bomb-throwing righty on and off the mound, has made no secret of his desire to be the guy to oust Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Indeed, on Tuesday on a Providence radio talk show and later in the day on NH1 in the Granite State, Schilling(...)

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Which way on VMT?

Which way on VMT?

Baker vetoes fed-funded study, but MassDOT contract keeps options open

MAYBE THE STATE Department of Transportation didn’t get the memo. In August, Gov. Charlie Baker vetoed a provision in a transportation bond bill directing the Transportation Department to seek federal funding for a pilot program testing a system that would charge drivers based on vehicle miles traveled, or VMT. Baker called VMT a tax, and(...)

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The charter funding debate

The charter funding debate

Lots of the conflict is over short-term vs. long-term picture

IN THE HIGH-STAKES battle over charter school expansion, the impact of charters on school finances has come front and center. Supporters of Question 2, which would allow up to 12 new charter schools or expansion of 12 existing schools per year, argue that the funding formula for charter schools holds districts harmless when students move(...)

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House money

House money

Millions in winnings from Lottery games go unclaimed every year and revert back to the state

DOES THE NUMBER combination 23, 31, 42, 50, 57 mean anything to you? That was the million-dollar winner in the Powerball game from Sept 26, 2015, purchased at the American Legion post in East Springfield. Unfortunately for whoever had it, the deadline to cash it was Monday and it went unclaimed, meaning Massachusetts’ share of the(...)

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Plan B for a pipeline

Plan B for a pipeline

Some say Baker's new approach faces legal hurdles

ONE OF THE BIG MYSTERIES on Beacon Hill is how Gov. Charlie Baker is going to accomplish one of his top remaining energy priorities – building a new natural gas pipeline into the region. His original plan was dealt a mortal blow a couple weeks ago when the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that existing state(...)

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