Politics

Baker’s dire deficit projection misses mark

Baker’s dire deficit projection misses mark

$768m shortfall turned out to be much less

A clarification has been added to this story. THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION’S dire warnings last winter about a $768 million deficit for fiscal 2015 have turned out to be off the mark, so much so that the governor is now asking legislative approval to spend an end-of-the-year surplus. Baker took office last January saying that the(...)

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Baker’s public records silence

Baker’s public records silence

Status quo has benefits for governor

Gov. Charlie Baker isn’t saying where he stands on legislative efforts to update the state’s Public Records Law, possibly because he is not eager to disrupt the status quo. Like his predecessors dating back to the late 1990s, Baker contends that his office is not covered by the Public Records Law, a situation that allows(...)

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MBTA to use fines to improve commuter rail customer service

MBTA to use fines to improve commuter rail customer service

Keolis penalties to fund fare collectors and information staff

MBTA OFFICIALS KNOW that commuter rail riders hate late trains. They also get an earful about conductors who fail to collect fares and the passengers who evade paying them. So the transit system plans to use one problem to solve the other. MBTA interim general manager Frank DePaola announced Tuesday that Keolis, the MBTA commuter(...)

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DeLeo raises nearly $415,000 in 6 months

DeLeo raises nearly $415,000 in 6 months

Speaker's fundraising total is a record for him

  An update was added to this article on July 23 HOUSE SPEAKER ROBERT DELEO’S political campaign committee raised nearly $415,000 during the first six months of 2015, a record haul for him that was fueled in part by higher donation limits that kicked in this year. Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, an Amherst Democrat, reported(...)

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Warren calls Trump a ‘blowhard’

Warren calls Trump a ‘blowhard’

Says she is keeping an open mind on the Democratic field

US SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN on Monday called Republican presidential contender Donald Trump a “blowhard” for his recent comments about U.S. Sen. John McCain and decried the partisan politics that she said are driving discussions around the new accord with Iran.   After a roundtable discussion about an employee rights bill in Boston, the Cambridge Democrat(...)

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Baker names MBTA control board

Baker names MBTA control board

Group ready to begin work

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER dipped into the Bay State’s deep bench of transportation and finance experts as he named members of a new MBTA fiscal and management control board. State lawmakers agreed to Baker’s call for a control board to take the reins at the T after the agency’s disastrous response to the blizzards of 2015.(...)

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Baker’s budget balance

Baker’s budget balance

Governor shows a deft hand for give and take

IF THERE IS a punching bag in state government, it is the Governor’s Council. Derided as an anachronistic holdover from colonial days, the eight-member body’s main job is to confirm judicial appointments, a role some have suggested the state Senate could play. The elected council, which meets just one day per week, has been called(...)

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Somerset goes after carbon tax funds

Somerset goes after carbon tax funds

Haddad budget amendment would give town up to $3m

AN OUTSIDE SECTION of the Legislature’s budget would use up to $3 million from a regional carbon tax to help the town of Somerset offset the loss of property tax revenue from coal-fired power plants that have already closed or are about to close. The provision is rekindling a debate about the proper use of the(...)

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