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Trump’s attack on environment is attack on communities of color

Trump’s attack on environment is attack on communities of color

Minorities will pay heaviest price from gutting of EPA and rollback of environmental protections

TWO WEEKS BEFORE the commencement of President Trump’s reign of error, the New York Times reported that in an effort to undermine strong public support for policies to prevent climate chaos, an organization financed by Charles and David Koch had launched an effort to convince nonwhite voters in particular that they are not at risk(...)

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Warren offers mild criticism of Baker

Warren offers mild criticism of Baker

Senator covers variety of topics with Gateway Cities reporters

US SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN offered mild criticism of Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday, suggesting that she would like to see Republican governors put more pressure on President Trump and members of the GOP in Congress. Polls indicate both Baker and Warren are popular with Massachusetts voters. Asked specifically whether she would campaign on behalf of(...)

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Offshore wind firms split on size of initial contract

Offshore wind firms split on size of initial contract

Big disagreement on whether bigger is better

THE THREE COMPANIES vying for Massachusetts offshore wind contracts sharply disagree on how big the initial procurement should be, but they are united in their belief that electricity generation and transmission should be handled by them and them alone. The companies spelled out their positions in responses to a Baker administration request for ideas on(...)

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Where’s the story on Trump’s taxes?

Certain people over a certain age recall the old Wendy’s slogan that became a pre-internet viral cry for whenever someone offered something without substance. “Where’s the beef?” is a phrase that could easily be applied to the first revelation of President Trump’s tax returns. But the reaction by supporters and the president himself that the “exclusive”(...)

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Sanchez: A few common themes emerged

Sanchez: A few common themes emerged

Health panel finds higher payments justified for high-quality providers

IN MAY OF 2016, I was named co-chair of the Special Commission on Provider Price Variation, a 23-member group consisting of legislators, insurers, providers, employers, and other stakeholders. The commission spent the last six months tackling complex issues in health care, including the payer-provider contracting relationship, the impact of health care market forces, how transparency(...)

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Crunching the T’s numbers

News coverage of the MBTA’s budget-balancing initiatives focused almost entirely on halting weekend commuter rail service and curtailing rides for disabled riders, but the biggest savings would come from privatization. T officials estimated they could save $27 million, or about 61 percent of the proposed package of spending reductions, by privatizing bus maintenance at garages(...)

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GOP cuts are moral challenge for America

GOP cuts are moral challenge for America

Republican plan trades health care for 24 million to provide tax cuts to the super-wealthy

THE BIG NEWS IS, of course, the “score” from the Congressional Budget Office detailing that the House Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare will result in 14 million Americans losing health insurance by 2018 and 24 million by 2026. Before that, something else caught my eye today from the Bangor Daily(...)

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Wanted: Super hero to run the T

Wanted: Super hero to run the T

Posting for CEO job contains no salary info

THE JOB POSTING for the new general manager/CEO of the MBTA seeks someone with exceptional skills but offers no hint at what their pay will be. “The MBTA is seeking a strong, innovative, and strategic visionary and turnaround executive,” says the six-page position specification. “This leader will have the proven ability to transform organizational structure,(...)

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State cutting off Greenway funding

State cutting off Greenway funding

Pollack says talks with abutters going well

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY Secretary Stephanie Pollack said on Monday that the Greenway Conservancy’s $2 million-a-year state subsidy will end on July 1 and she is working with abutters to help fill the gap. “We are in active talks with the Conservancy and abutters,” Pollack said at a meeting of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation board. “Those(...)

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