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Baker seeks to curb solar speculators

Baker seeks to curb solar speculators

Administration tinkers with auction rules for subsidies

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 firms. Judith Judson, the commissioner of the state(...)

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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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Fact-checking the state’s incarceration rate

Fact-checking the state’s incarceration rate

Massachusetts ranks low, but only if viewed in narrow context

In the debate over mandatory minimum sentences and corrections reform, those resisting major changes say there is little need for wholesale reform because the state incarceration rate is so low. The available data suggest they are correct, but only if that information is viewed in a narrow context. Figures compiled by the US Department of(...)

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What’s a money bill?

What’s a money bill?

Answer may hinge on 137-year-old SJC opinion

THE LEGAL BATTLE between the Massachusetts House and Senate over the constitutional authority to raise taxes in this year’s budget hinges on interpretations of a 137-year-old Supreme Judicial Court advisory opinion. In briefs filed with the current members of the SJC, the House and Senate agree on the basic facts of their dispute but differ(...)

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Baker administration revises T absence rate

Baker administration revises T absence rate

Number drops from 11-12% to 8.6%

THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION is now acknowledging that the MBTA absenteeism information cited in a report by the governor’s special advisory panel probably overstated the problem and that the reported comparison to other peer transit systems had little relevance. In its April 8 report, the governor’s advisory panel said the absence rate across all positions at(...)

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Fact-checking MBTA union’s radio ad

Fact-checking MBTA union’s radio ad

Carmen's Union confuses on-time performance and completed trips

WHILE BEACON HILL engages in a high-stakes debate about the future of the T, the Boston Carmen’s Union is running ads on the radio that play loose with the facts. The ads say the MBTA’s largest union is eager to help solve the transit authority’s problems and implies that T management is standing in the(...)

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T union raises concern with outside contractors

Company takes 8 weeks to repair 8 motors

THE MBTA RESTORED full service to the Orange Line in March but nevertheless shipped 24 disabled Orange Line traction motors to an outside contractor for repair. The T says it expects to receive the first of the refurbished motors back on Friday after more than eight weeks of work. The contract for the motor repairs(...)

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T report misses mark on absenteeism numbers

T report misses mark on absenteeism numbers

MBTA panel sheds little light on key issue

ONE OF THE MOST ALARMING figures to come out of Gov. Charlie Baker’s MBTA panel report earlier this month was 57. That’s the average number of working days that T employees miss each year, according to the panel’s analysis. The analysis also found that the absence rate across all positions at the T was 11(...)

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New England governors vow to boost natural gas capacity

New England governors vow to boost natural gas capacity

States will coordinate policies but tackle details on their own

THE NEW ENGLAND governors met behind closed doors on energy issues in Hartford on Thursday and vowed afterwards to work collaboratively to expand the region’s natural gas pipeline capacity. What shape that collaboration will take was unclear, as a seven-paragraph statement issued by the governors after their meeting offered no specifics. The plain-vanilla statement blamed the region’s high electricity(...)

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