The Back Story

What’s going on at Millennium Tower?

What’s going on at Millennium Tower?

Developer shuffles units to secure $36m mortgage

IT’S ALL A BIT MYSTERIOUS, but a recent real estate transaction at Millennium Tower sheds some light on the financial challenges of catering to the whims of well-to-do condo buyers. According to records at the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds, 16 units in the ultra-luxury condo building in Downtown Crossing were recently sold for the(...)

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Baker’s ‘streamlined’ diversity disclosures

Baker’s ‘streamlined’ diversity disclosures

Overall numbers are good, but no breakdown for his office

Gov. Charlie Baker is doing slightly better than his predecessor in recruiting blacks, Hispanics, and Asians to work in the executive branch, but the way his administration goes about presenting demographic data makes it impossible to learn how individual agencies are faring, including his own office. A recent report from the state Office of Diversity(...)

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For Arroyo, probate job no soft landing pad

For Arroyo, probate job no soft landing pad

Controversy renews questions about electing obscure county officials

This wasn’t how the story was supposed to end. When Felix Arroyo was elected Suffolk County Register of Probate in 2014, the former Boston city councilor was supposed to sail off into obscurity, collecting a six-figure salary for a post no one pays attention to and then enjoying the spoils of a nice public pension(...)

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Who’s in charge of simulcasting?

Who’s in charge of simulcasting?

Crosby to lawmakers: Stop giving simulcasting deals to Wonderland, Raynham

The Legislature and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission are in a power struggle over who controls the simulcasting of horse and greyhound races. The issue surfaced on Thursday at a meeting of the Gaming Commission, where the agency approved the sale of Suffolk Downs to a private developer. During its deliberations, the commission veered off into(...)

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Fact-checking the T’s structural deficit

Fact-checking the T’s structural deficit

Key lawmaker, advocate say there is no shortfall

Over the last two weeks, the MBTA has repeatedly cited the existence of a “structural deficit” to make the case for its controversial spending cuts and privatization initiatives In a presentation on March 13 and again on Monday, T officials outlined a series of tough choices they said were necessary to close a $42 million(...)

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Competing strategies emerge on offshore wind

Competing strategies emerge on offshore wind

Eversource, National Grid push different transmission options

TWO VERY DIFFERENT strategies are beginning to emerge as three offshore wind companies prepare to vie for up to 1,600 megawatts of contracts with the state of Massachusetts. The powerhouse partnership of DONG Energy and Eversource Energy, operating under the name of Bay State Wind, has adopted what might be described as a go-it-alone, bigger-is-better(...)

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Clean energy intrigue alleged

Clean energy intrigue alleged

Environmental advocates say RFP favors hydro over wind, solar

Environmental advocates say a 1,200 megawatt clean energy solicitation developed by the Baker administration is biased in favor of large-scale hydro projects favored by some of the state’s utilities. The energy diversity legislation authorizing the clean energy procurement was approved last year on Beacon Hill with a provision giving preference to hybrid projects that deliver(...)

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ML Strategies breaks lobbying record

ML Strategies breaks lobbying record

Well-connected firm raked in more than $4m in fees in 2016

ML Strategies saw its lobbying fees soar to more than $4 million in 2016, setting what appears to be a single-year record among Massachusetts firms.   ML Strategies, which is wholly owned by the law firm Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, has seen its business explode in the last three years. The lobbying(...)

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DeVos selection roils reform sector

DeVos selection roils reform sector

Some charter backers rush to distance themselves from ed pick

THE BATTLE OVER President Trump’s pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, had teachers unions, public school advocates, and many on the political left in high dudgeon. DeVos’s record of support for charter schools and voucher programs, and her lack of any experience in district public schools, made her the target of the most organized effort to(...)

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Eversource seeks higher fees on customers with solar

Eversource seeks higher fees on customers with solar

Environmental group raises concerns about proposed demand charge

Eversource is proposing special charges for customers with solar installations to make sure they pay their share of the cost of operating the power grid. The proposed charges are contained in Eversource’s rate filing, which is under review at the state Department of Public Utilities. The utility says the charges are needed because many solar(...)

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