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Baker leaves door cracked on Pacheco Law suspension

Baker leaves door cracked on Pacheco Law suspension

No plans for seeking extension at T, but doesn’t rule it out

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said on Wednesday that he has no current plans to seek a longer suspension of the Pacheco Law on behalf of the MBTA, but indicated his thinking could possibly change. “At this time, we’re not going to seek an extension,” he said. He noted, however, that a series of initiatives approved by(...)

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Emotional Baker nixes walking in St. Pat’s parade

Emotional Baker nixes walking in St. Pat’s parade

'That word veteran, to me, it approaches holy,' he says

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER indicated on Wednesday that he will probably not march in the Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade because OUTVETS, a group of gay veterans, is not being allowed to participate. In responding to a reporter’s question, the governor became visibly emotional, saying he had spent time over the weekend with the families and(...)

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GOP dog catches the health-care car

The Republicans have finally rolled out their replacement for the Affordable Care Act, but the long-awaited health care fix may need some immediate resuscitation efforts. Opposition from conservative Republicans in the House coupled with balking by moderate GOP senators could spell doom for the Obamacare replacement offered by House Speaker Paul Ryan. The bill is(...)

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Trump’s puzzling clean energy stance

Trump’s puzzling clean energy stance

Great deal-maker seems content on sidelines

Celebrate or despise his politics, it is hard not to acknowledge the brilliance of President Trump as a competitive opportunist.  His business and political success is a long history of seizing opportunities by understanding what the public is hungry for, whether it is a realty show in the boardroom, get-rich-quick educational formats, or a return(...)

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Health panel finds some common ground

Health panel finds some common ground

Draft plan calls for rate floor for community hospitals

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AFTER SIX MONTHS OF SEEKING WAYS to address the variation in prices charged by Massachusetts medical providers, officials plan to recommend a host of solutions including a rate floor for lower-paid community hospitals, regulation of rate growth, and protections against out-of-network charges, according to a draft proposal. The recommendations are made(...)

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Sparks fly on electric vehicle provision

Sparks fly on electric vehicle provision

Obscure state board split on change in building code

A FIGHT IS BREWING on Beacon Hill over how far the state should go in promoting the adoption of zero emission vehicles. Environmental advocates and many state lawmakers want new homes and commercial buildings to come equipped with the electrical lines needed to hook up electric vehicle chargers. Developers and home builders, however, say customers(...)

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Panel badly split on health care pricing

Panel badly split on health care pricing

Sudders: 'This is not a Quaker consensus meeting'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE DIFFERENCES AMONG MEMBERS of a 23-person commission examining health care pricing variations were on full display Tuesday on the 21st floor of One Ashburton Place. Commission members discussing potential recommendations quickly disagreed over whether hospital prices are low are not, comparatively speaking, and members made clear that uncertainty over the federal(...)

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Baker taking pass on Pacheco Law

Baker taking pass on Pacheco Law

Pollack: No plan to seek extension of suspension

THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION is showing no signs it will push the Legislature for an extension of the MBTA’s three-year exemption from the Pacheco Law, which regulates how state agencies can privatize services. “At this time we are not planning to seek any changes in that,” said Stephanie Pollack, Baker’s secretary of transportation. “We have not(...)

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Keolis plans to put up fare gates at 3 stations

Keolis plans to put up fare gates at 3 stations

T, commuter rail operator will split any increase in revenue

THE MBTA’S COMMUTER RAIL OPERATOR received the green light on Monday to launch a five-year campaign to cut down on fare evasion and increase ridership, with the $9 million-a-year cost slated to come from a revenue-sharing arrangement with the transit agency. The arrangement, approved by the T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board, could have a(...)

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