Politics

Don’t cut lifeline for pregnant women, new mothers

Don’t cut lifeline for pregnant women, new mothers

State mental health program provides crucial services

AS AN OBSTETRICIAN/GYNECOLOGIST, I regularly see women suffering from depression in pregnancy and during the year following delivery. The reality is that many women are not caressing their growing bellies or cooing contentedly over their newborns after they give birth. They struggle to varying degrees to take care of themselves and their babies. Sometimes mothers(...)

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Wynn plans new environmental filing this summer

Wynn plans new environmental filing this summer

Casino officials acknowledge many issues unresolved

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WYNN RESORTS OFFICIALS who plan to build a $1.7 billion resort casino in Everett expect to provide a key filing for their controversial project sometime this summer. Appearing before state regulators on Thursday, Wynn officials were hesitant to provide a firm date for their Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) filing, saying(...)

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Public records issue gets heavy coverage

Updating the state’s Public Records Law is gaining some traction, at least in the media. The problems with the law — the lackadaisical enforcement, the high charges imposed for obtaining records,  and the numerous exemptions — have been well documented for years. But this year, largely because the Boston Globe has gotten behind the idea,(...)

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Senate T vote is cause for optimism

Senate T vote is cause for optimism

Legislature must still address MBTA funding issues

I’M A PESSIMIST BY NATURE, which has proven to be a generally good trait because it means that I’m rarely disappointed.  Today, however, I’ve allowed myself to lapse into a feeling of optimism.  My rosy outlook arises from how the Massachusetts Senate responded to the Baker administration’s proposal to “fix” the MBTA.  There is now(...)

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Senate approves tweaked T control board

Senate approves tweaked T control board

Vote follows pressure from DeLeo, Baker

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MASSACHUSETTS SENATE late Thursday night agreed to put the MBTA under the management of a fiscal control board, tucking that measure into a $38.1 billion fiscal 2016 that was approved after midnight. Democrats and Republicans unanimously signed off on the control board compromise brokered between Sen. Thomas McGee and Senate(...)

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Baker has reservations on Senate tax plan

Baker has reservations on Senate tax plan

Prefers more EITC; dislikes income tax freeze

A DAY AFTER THE STATE SENATE took a major step towards accomplishing one of his tax policy priorities, Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday expressed disappointment that they didn’t match his own earned income tax credit expansion. Baker also reiterated his plan to phase out the film tax credit as a way to pay for his(...)

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Appeals court lets Cape Wind case proceed

Appeals court lets Cape Wind case proceed

Foes challenge Patrick's meddling in contract talks

CAPE WIND, already at death’s door in the wake of decisions by the state’s two largest utilities to terminate their power purchase contracts with the project, absorbed another blow on Monday. The US Court of Appeals ruled that a district court judge erred in dismissing a lawsuit brought by foes of Cape Wind challenging the(...)

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Senate backs boost in EITC, exemption

Senate backs boost in EITC, exemption

Democrats would freeze income tax at 5.15%

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MASSACHUSETTS SENATE on Tuesday approved a package of tax cuts aimed at helping the working poor and middle class, dismissing objections from Republicans and some Democrats that their vote would renege on a 15-year-old promise to voters to gradually roll back the income tax to 5 percent. To pay for(...)

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Straus: Eliminating MBTA as separate agency should be long-term goal

Straus: Eliminating MBTA as separate agency should be long-term goal

80 percent of Baker’s bill “acceptable”

THE BEACON HILL tug of war over the MBTA continues to pit those who support Gov. Charlie Baker’s call for a special fiscal control board against those who think an expanded Massachusetts Department of Transportation board is the right medicine for the ailing transit system. Rep. William Straus, the co-chair of the Joint Committee on(...)

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