Politics

Boston’s African American leaders

Boston’s African American leaders

Q&A with Ken Cooper

PHOTOJOURNALIST DON WEST teamed up with former Boston Globe national editor Ken Cooper on Portraits of Purpose: A Tribute to Leadership to document the careers of Boston-area African American leaders who have distinguished themselves in fields from arts to politics. The book is a photographic journey through the stories of more than 100 black men(...)

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The price of leadership

The price of leadership

Hecht, who bucked DeLeo on term limits, is demoted

CORRECTION: Several corrections were made to the original version of this story, all of them dealing with the pay of leadership positions in the House. Specifically, Rep. Jonathan Hecht’s leadership stipend was incorrect in the original version, as were the stipends of Reps. Harold Naughton, Patricia Haddad, Byron Rushing, and the heads of the two(...)

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Baker pushes regional energy approach

Baker pushes regional energy approach

Plans to rely on utilities for purchases of gas, renewables

THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION said on Wednesday it plans to work with utilities in Massachusetts and neighboring states to purchase renewable energy and expand the region’s natural gas pipeline infrastructure. In a brief, vaguely worded statement, the governor said electric distribution companies operating in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut have agreed to put out a request(...)

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Baker creates MBTA commission

Baker creates MBTA commission

Wants 'deep dive' done in 30 days

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER moved to put his administration’s stamp on the MBTA by appointing a special commission to investigate how past finance, maintenance, and management practices led to the wintertime collapse of the country’s fifth-largest transit agency. Baker said he expects a report from the advisory group in about 30 days. The decision to investigate(...)

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Beacon Hill’s MBTA fix: Let them ride the T

Nonplussed by the plight of the poor, a French aristocrat once said “let them eat cake.” With hundreds of thousands of people struggling during the MBTA’s winter crisis, Massachusetts legislative leaders have come up with similar rejoinder: Let them ride the T. Senate President Stan Rosenberg, the Amherst Democrat, is receptive to greater investment in the(...)

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Rosenberg sees transportation disconnect

Rosenberg sees transportation disconnect

People want strong T but not willing to pay for it

SENATE PRESIDENT STANLEY ROSENBERG said on Tuesday that the problems at the MBTA are straight out of  “Democracy in America,” the book Alexis de Tocqueville wrote in the 1800s which suggested that Americans may vote themselves more benefits than they are willing to pay for. “This is de Tocqueville writ large,” Rosenberg said in a(...)

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Baker to cut another $1b

Baker to cut another $1b

Sources say big FY16 spending reductions in store

THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION, which just cobbled together enough money to close a $765 million shortfall in this year’s budget, is now preparing to pare back spending by another $1 billion next year, according to sources. Administration officials are reluctant to put a dollar amount on what they need to cut, but they acknowledge a structural(...)

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DeLeo says no to taxes

DeLeo says no to taxes

Speaker lays out his priorities

HOUSE SPEAKER ROBERT DeLeo laid out his agenda for the upcoming legislative session on Wednesday, saying he will look to expand early childhood education, maintain local aid, increase drug abuse treatment and mental health services, and foster renewable energy sources around the state – all without new taxes or fees. While his remarks to the(...)

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Pregnant workers seek fair job treatment

Pregnant workers seek fair job treatment

Bill would require reasonable relief

SHOULD A PREGNANT worker expect her employer to offer “reasonable” relief from her workload or from certain tasks? Elizabeth Guyer, a former nurse practitioner who worked in Harvard University’s student health care system, thought so. In 2008, a pregnant Guyer expressed concerns to her supervisor about a plan to increase from 14 to 16 the(...)

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DCR has another lease problem

DCR has another lease problem

Newton Country Day School's Daly Rink has unapproved boathouse

THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT of Conservation and Recreation, which has had a lot of difficulty managing leases of state property in the past, has another problem on its hands. Newton Country Day School, which leases and manages DCR’s Daly Memorial Rink in Brighton, has added a boat dock and enlarged a shed into a boathouse at(...)

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