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Baker launches search for new T leader

Baker launches search for new T leader

Urges oversight board to stay on into 2020

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said on Thursday that his administration is addressing long-term governance at the MBTA, launching a search for a new CEO/general manager and asking the agency’s existing oversight board to stay on an extra two years until June 2020. The search process comes at a critical time for the T. The transit authority(...)

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T means-tested fare experiment called bust

T means-tested fare experiment called bust

Riders didn’t respond to discount for The RIDE

THE MBTA ON MONDAY said an experiment with a means-tested fare for its costly paratransit service failed to attract enough riders to make it worthwhile and decided instead to offer customers of The RIDE a broader range of affordable options. The decision cast a pall over efforts to launch means-tested fares more broadly at the(...)

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Lawmakers: Hike everyone’s pay

Lawmakers: Hike everyone’s pay

Rosenberg and DeLeo bill would give salary increases to all three branches

THE TWO TOP LEGISLATIVE leaders on Beacon Hill filed a bill Monday that would boost their own pay by more than doubling the stipends they receive for their posts as well as raise the salary of every constitutional officer and judge in the state. In addition, the bill filed by House Speaker Robert DeLeo and(...)

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DeLeo: Policy differences could hinder budget deal

DeLeo: Policy differences could hinder budget deal

Senate pushing three times as many policy changes as House

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Wednesday said policy differences between the House and Senate loom as an even larger obstacle than a revenue shortfall to a budget accord that’s due in two weeks. Talking to reporters after a closed Democratic caucus, DeLeo said the House budget (H 4201) included close to(...)

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Baker bill empowers municipalities

Baker bill empowers municipalities

Offers control over liquor licenses, dispenses with newspaper ads

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE REVIVING AN EFFORT that stalled under his predecessor, Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday proposed legislation that would give local officials control over the number of liquor licenses that can be handed out to bars and restaurants in their communities. The liquor license proposal, an economic development idea that faltered in the(...)

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Walsh body language: Time to move on

Walsh body language: Time to move on

Mayor says he doesn’t regret trying to block casino

BOSTON MAYOR MARTY WALSH sounded on Friday morning like someone who was about to give up his nasty court fight against the Wynn Resorts casino in Everett, but he said he needed more time before making a final decision. In a brief meeting with reporters in his office lobby, the mayor said he had not(...)

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Net metering is not a subsidy

Net metering is not a subsidy

Don’t buy utility claim that ratepayers are ripped off by solar

CONTRARY TO UTILITY ASSERTIONS, net metering is not a subsidy.  It’s mechanism  that allows solar owners to receive credit, similar to rollover minutes on a cell phone plan, for power they feed into the grid. In Massachusetts, the Department of Public Utilities has determined the value of solar power to be near retail electricity rates. S(...)

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