Andy Metzger

Reporter, CommonWealth magazine

About Andy Metzger

Andy Metzger joined CommonWealth Magazine as a reporter in January 2019. He has covered news in Massachusetts since 2007. For more than six years starting in May 2012 he wrote about state politics and government for the State House News Service.  At the News Service, he followed three criminal trials from opening statements to verdicts, tracked bills through the flumes and eddies of the Legislature, and sounded out the governor’s point of view on a host of issues – from the proposed Olympics bid to federal politics.

Before that, Metzger worked at the Chelmsford Independent, The Arlington Advocate, the Somerville Journal and the Cambridge Chronicle, weekly community newspapers that cover an array of local topics. Metzger graduated from UMass Boston in 2006. In addition to his written journalism, Metzger produced a work of illustrated journalism about Gov. Charlie Baker’s record regarding the MBTA. He lives in Somerville and commutes mainly by bicycle.

About Andy Metzger

Andy Metzger joined CommonWealth Magazine as a reporter in January 2019. He has covered news in Massachusetts since 2007. For more than six years starting in May 2012 he wrote about state politics and government for the State House News Service.  At the News Service, he followed three criminal trials from opening statements to verdicts, tracked bills through the flumes and eddies of the Legislature, and sounded out the governor’s point of view on a host of issues – from the proposed Olympics bid to federal politics.

Before that, Metzger worked at the Chelmsford Independent, The Arlington Advocate, the Somerville Journal and the Cambridge Chronicle, weekly community newspapers that cover an array of local topics. Metzger graduated from UMass Boston in 2006. In addition to his written journalism, Metzger produced a work of illustrated journalism about Gov. Charlie Baker’s record regarding the MBTA. He lives in Somerville and commutes mainly by bicycle.

Stories by Andy Metzger

Healey cuts deal with CVS on opioids

Settlement requires pharmacists to check database

MIT dean talks fusion with govs, premiers

'There's a reason to be optimistic,' he says

AIM scorecard tells “tale of two chambers”

High grades for House, poor marks for Senate from business group

Pence pep talk doesn’t sway Baker

Gov praises Trump running mate, but not Trump

State Dems say no to charter ballot question

Education issue exposes rift inside the party

Baker signs economic development bill

Legislation authorizes spending of as much as $1b

Lawmakers send fare cap plan back to Baker

Legislature insists on a 7 percent limit on all MBTA increases

MBTA police plan to privatize dispatch services

Move marks first time the agency has employed the power to skirt the Pacheco Law

Legislature rejects Baker T fare amendment

Allows 7% increase on any fare, pass every 2 years

Baker pushes T fare flexibility

Returns strict budget provision to Legislature

Temporary helistop coming as early as Sept.

State official: No site yet, but it could pay for itself

Baker plans budget amendment on licenses

Responds to concerns raised by House Republicans

T cash handling mismanaged, report says

Door to facility not alarmed or access-controlled

Carmen’s union offers $24m savings plan

Most of the money comes from new worker wage cuts

T scrambles to load new fare software

Limited memory on systems making process difficult

Dukakis, Pollack agree on North-South rail link

Secretary says 'we're putting it back on the table'

$20.4m Comm Ave reconstruction approved

Calls for new bicycle tracks along roadway

$14.8b transportation capital plan OK’d

Emphasizes repair, modernization over expansion

T outsources security at revenue facility

New firm, G4S, employed suspected Orlando murderer

House OKs hydro, offshore wind bill

Smizik drops amendment allowing Cape Wind to compete

Public records bill sent to Baker

First legislative overhaul of the law in 43 years

Baker won’t vote for Trump or Clinton

Calls the current election cycle one of most troubling he's seen

House passes budget 156-0

Spending in bill surpasses target set by Baker

T pension fund has negligible gains

Head of fund takes questions from authority's oversight board on returns, transparency

T: Service cuts still an option

Despite fare hike, authority keeps squeezing spending

GE’s Immelt not worried about local policy matters

Unconcerned about noncompete legislation, millionaire's tax

New Government Center T stop opens

Despite glass issue, project done on time, under budget

DOT capital plan earmarks most money to improvements

More than 80 percent of funds would be split between transit and rail, roads and bridges