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With tax holiday, sound thinking takes a vacation

Beacon Hill’s top legislative leaders are potent politicians with an ability to shape the direction of state policy or law with a nod of the head. Except when they’re completely powerless to change something, even when they think it’s wrong. That’s how the state’s top politicos come off in the debate over a sales tax(...)

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Dig safe: Chatham, Plum Island, and environmental laws

Yet another case is showing that there is little tolerance on Cape Cod for those who skirt environmental regulations. The question is whether the hard line taken there by local and state officials will make its way north to Plum Island, where enforcement of environmental laws has been notably more lax. Attorney General Maura Healey(...)

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Partners: We’re No. 1

Partners HealthCare has been taking a lot of hits from state policymakers and business rivals, but the hospital network is receiving accolades elsewhere. US News & World Report just released its annual honor roll of America’s best hospitals and two Partners institutions, Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s, ranked No. 1 and No. 6, respectively.(...)

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What is news worth?

  The Boston Globe is betting that Bostonians are willing to pay a lot more for their online news. The newspaper on Monday is boosting the price of its digital subscriptions from $3.99 to $6.93 a week. Globe officials defend the 74 percent increase, the first hike since it erected the paywall in 2011, by(...)

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Educating illegal immigrants

The question of granting in-state tuition rates to illegal immigrants for public colleges and universities continues to vex lawmakers. Should we punish children who, through no fault of their own, landed here when their parents came through back channels? Should we deny these students the ability to learn and lift themselves out of the inevitable low-income(...)

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