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Correspondence, Spring 2017

Correspondence, Spring 2017

MILLIONAIRE’S TAX IS FAIR In his recent piece in CommonWealth regarding the proposed Fair Share Amendment, or “millionaire’s tax,” Edward M. Murphy clearly understands why the amendment is necessary (“Dump the millionaire tax,” Winter ’17). He is right that the $1.9 billion that would be generated by the tax “could make a real difference” in(...)

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Sununu, Rivera vow to work together on drugs

Sununu, Rivera vow to work together on drugs

Lawrence mayor says supply, demand must be addressed

Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire and Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera talked by phone on Thursday after Sununu had claimed that most of the drugs flowing into the Granite State were coming from Lawrence. Below are the statements the two officials released following the phone call. Rivera’s statement, which includes a number of grammatical and(...)

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We must preserve nuclear power plants

We must preserve nuclear power plants

Offshore wind, hydro are fine, but need to safeguard nukes

The following is a letter sent to Gov. Charlie Baker, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg by a group of scientists, environmentalists, and academics. As scientists, environmentalists and concerned citizens, we urge you to include nuclear power among the sources of clean energy eligible for support in Massachusetts law, particularly in the(...)

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Lift net metering cap, help low-income communities

Lift net metering cap, help low-income communities

Advocates say solar is affordable, available to all

What follows is a letter sent to state leaders on Wednesday by a large number of religious leaders, community groups, and academics. AS COMMUNITY LEADERS, religious and spiritual leaders, community development organizations, academics, and researchers, we urge you to take immediate action to lift the net metering caps and maintain access to the benefits of(...)

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Healey, Pollack at odds over casino

Healey, Pollack at odds over casino

Transportation secretary explained her position in personal note to AG

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER, a Republican, and Attorney General Maura Healey, a Democrat, are two of the most popular politicians in the state, so when they disagree they tend to tread very carefully. The Baker administration, through secretary of energy and environmental affairs Matthew Beaton, is expected on Friday to decide whether Wynn Resorts is deserving(...)

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Two views of the Wynn casino

Two views of the Wynn casino

Ex-transportation secretary gives thumbs down; environmental groups offer praise

FREDERICK SALVUCCI Salvucci is a senior lecturer at MIT and a former state transportation secretary. He was asked by the city of Somerville to critique the casino’s transportation impact and he also advised Attorney General Maura Healey, whose views echo many of his concerns. He submitted an 11-page analysis and a three-page summary to Energy(...)

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