Politics

Cunha probes BRA-Sox deal at glacial pace

Cunha probes BRA-Sox deal at glacial pace

After 19 months, Inspector General still investigating

BOSTON MAYOR MARTY WALSH said that if he were mayor in 2013 he would not have supported the agreement between the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Redevelopment Authority that allows the team to close off Yawkey Way and retain the Green Monster seats. Brian Golden, the current head of the BRA, also opposes the(...)

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Lawmakers skeptical of MBTA control board plan

Lawmakers skeptical of MBTA control board plan

Question need for a new ‘piece of bureaucracy’

Can the Baker administration address the MBTA’s problems using the tools that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation already has? That was the question that the Joint Committee on Transportation wrestled with as Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack and members of Gov. Charlie Baker’s special MBTA panel fielded questions about its recent report on T operations, management,(...)

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House fends off film tax credit change

House fends off film tax credit change

Many budget amendments debated in back room

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WITH NO RECORDED VOTES and many members absent from the chamber, the House retained the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax along with state aid for the movie industry during the start of a budget debate Monday. In three hours of a sometimes feisty debate where roll call votes were occasionally sought(...)

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Baker unveils MBTA reform legislation

Baker unveils MBTA reform legislation

Governor says control board will bring needed "focus, urgency, and intensity" to problems

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER and Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack unveiled legislation Wednesday to create a fiscal and management control board to take charge of the crisis-ridden MBTA. The move comes one day after Baker accepted the resignations of six of the seven members of the current MassDOT board which oversees the MBTA. Pollack said that the control(...)

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Poll: Baker is state’s most popular pol

Poll: Baker is state’s most popular pol

Boston Olympics: 46% yes, 43% no

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AFTER SPENDING THE WINTER managing state budget shortfalls and snow emergencies, Gov. Charlie Baker weathered his first 100 days in office remarkably well, according to a new poll that shows the governor riding sky-high approval ratings that make him the most popular politician in the state. Voters also narrowly oppose the(...)

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Alvaro critiques MBTA panel

Alvaro critiques MBTA panel

Former MassDOT board member says it's unfair to blame board, senior officials

FERDINAND ALVARO UNDERSTANDS the MBTA’s finances and inner workings better than most outsiders. Ask him who is to blame for the bundle of issues that led to the transit agency’s breakdown this winter and he has a simple answer: “Everybody.” Gov. Deval Patrick appointed Alvaro, an attorney with expertise in finance and administration, to the(...)

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House-Senate split goes beyond rules

House-Senate split goes beyond rules

Rosenberg calls current rules situation an embarrassment

SENATE PRESIDENT STANLEY ROSENBERG and some of his colleagues indicated on Thursday that the Senate and House are in sharp disagreement over more than just legislative rules. The two branches of government are also headed for possible showdowns over the MBTA and the Pacheco Law. At a meeting with reporters in his State House office,(...)

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Baker, Rosenberg go nuclear

There’s a new credo on Beacon Hill, apparently: If things aren’t going your way, blow it up. In the Legislature, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg appears to be following through on invoking the “nuclear option” he has been threatening to use unless the House becomes more accommodating in releasing Senate bills from the joint committees, where House members(...)

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Senate ups ante in battle with House

Senate ups ante in battle with House

Votes to develop plans to end joint committee structure

IN A SHARP escalation of the infighting gripping Beacon Hill, the Senate took a major step Wednesday toward remaking the legislative process by ending the longstanding system of joint committees of the two branches and establishing separate Senate committees to consider bills. The Senate voted 39-0 to instruct the Senate Rules Committee to develop plans(...)

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