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

Baker takes new tack on taxes

Budget calls for higher tax on deeds, new tax on e-cigs, opioid sales

The steady hand

Roger Lau has become the go-to operative for Elizabeth Warren and other Democratic pols in Massachusetts -- and beyond

Mass. exploring carbon fee on auto fuels

Advocates say announcement likely next week

Holmes one of few reps willing to buck DeLeo

Says House should run differently, hints at run for speaker

Chandler gets $35,000 bump with new emerita post

Extra pay will ease pay cut for giving up president's job

Community benefit districts facing headwinds

Legislation likely to pass this week but fate uncertain

Lawyer: Hefner looking forward to trial

Says accusers can no longer remain anonymous

Stun guns, tasers protected by 2d Amendment

SJC 'reluctantly' scraps law barring civilians from using weapons

Lottery leaving Braintree for Dorchester

Disappointed Braintree mayor says it was Goldberg's decision

Another uncontested special election

Crighton moves to Senate after getting 2,854 votes

GIC health premiums will fall or stay flat

Even without plan consolidation, rates are holding steady or falling

A campaign that may be all about nuance

The Wynn controversy highlights differences between Capuano and Pressley

Lelling doesn’t budge on pot stance

'It puts the banks in a bind, I understand that,' he says

Baker said he backs the Dem in Alabama

Downplays his fundraising for the Republican National Committee

Heroux plans to work 2 jobs as mayor, rep

Says holding on to State House job could help Dems hold seat

House pushes narrower criminal justice legislation

Ex-SJC chief Ireland hails 'reform bill for real world'

House, Senate poised to go separate ways on criminal justice bills

Branches would need to reach agreement afterwards to move reforms forward

SJC blocks local detentions for ICE

Court says local authorities cannot hold immigrants solely because of border violation

House revamps voter-approved pot law

Ups tax rate, addiction funding and steers jobs to minority community

T says pension problem worsening

Union chief says early retirements boosting retirement costs

Logan signs parking deal with CLF

Promises to reduce emissions in return for 5,000 spaces

SJC hears case on holding immigrant detainees

Chief Justice Gants asks source of state authority to detain people

Baker pushes 2-track S. Coast rail approach

Pacheco fears Middleborough approach may doom Stoughton line

T offers up other paratransit options

Disabled users demand withdrawal of proposed service cut

Rosenberg likens Trump travel ban to Nazi Germany

Senate president says Dems will caucus to discuss the order

Baker plans to let Keolis contract expire

At end of 8 year period, a new selection process would start

House, Senate OK delay in marijuana law

Bill rushed through in scarcely attended mid-holiday session

T preparing to privatize call center

Agency has received unsolicited offers from firms

AG aide wins 5-3 vote for judgeship

Opponents question experience, help on assault weapon ban