Colin A. Young

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Moulton pitches N-S rail link

Moulton pitches N-S rail link

Calls project 'transformative' and 'reasonable'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE CLOSING THE 1.2-MILE VOID between Boston’s North and South stations is the final puzzle piece to a unified northeast rail corridor and would better connect the state’s hot job centers with suburban areas that could accommodate housing development, Congressman Seth Moulton said Wednesday. The North Shore Democrat pitched business leaders Wednesday(...)

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Polito: Pot question could curb state aid to cities

Polito: Pot question could curb state aid to cities

Lt. Gov. takes opposition to marijuana to whole new level

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS and local aid could take a hit if voters approve a marijuana legalization ballot question in November, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said Tuesday as she implored local officials to join the opposition to Question 4. After hearing concerns from local officials who comprise the Local Government Advisory(...)

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T deficit cut to $86M

T deficit cut to $86M

Officials say shrinking gap trending in right direction

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MBTA FINISHED fiscal year 2016 with a structural deficit of $86 million, a roughly 28 percent decrease from the previous year in the difference between the transit agency’s revenues and expenses. MBTA Chief Financial Officer Michael Abramo told the T’s Fiscal and Management Control Board that the MBTA’s operating expenses(...)

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Top Baker aides on party guest list

Top Baker aides on party guest list

Using state resources led to suspension of DCR chief

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE LIST OF GUESTS invited to the July 3 bash thrown by two top Department of Conservation and Recreation officials using state resources is a veritable who’s who of the executive branch and the state Republican Party — including cabinet secretaries, department heads, senior advisors and political big wigs. It is(...)

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Baker inks long-sought energy law

Baker inks long-sought energy law

Measure sets state on path away from coal, nuclear power

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER sat in the sun on the State House lawn Monday afternoon, relishing a victory for his administration and some in the Legislature. With the stroke of his pen, Baker signed into law an energy bill that aims to diversify the state’s energy portfolio, spur the development of an(...)

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Legislature approves pay equity bill

Legislature approves pay equity bill

Goes to Baker; one of six key legislative priorities

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WHEN GOV. CHARLIE BAKER returns to the State House on Monday, he will have on his desk legislation to ensure that men and women are paid the same for comparable work, one of six major bills he wanted lawmakers to send him before formal sessions end July 31. The House and(...)

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Committee OKs Lottery move online

Committee OKs Lottery move online

Lawmakers say younger people less likely to buy tickets

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MASSACHUSETTS LOTTERY would be authorized to offer its products online and on mobile applications, something the Lottery has said is essential to maintaining and growing its revenues, under a bill given approval this week by a legislative committee. The Lottery has been looking for a “broad mandate” from the Legislature(...)

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Baker sees ‘something really big’ coming in criminal justice reform

Baker sees ‘something really big’ coming in criminal justice reform

Governor's comments come after tour of ed facility for inmates

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WHEN GOV. CHARLIE BAKER walked out of an intensive educational program for prison inmates last week, he thought to himself, “why the . . . did it take so long for us to get around to creating this?” he said Monday morning, inserting a pause where his thoughts may have placed(...)

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