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Sanchez in hot seat on immigration measure

Sanchez in hot seat on immigration measure

Challenger says he’s answering to Speaker, not Jamaica Plain constituents

WHEN STATE REP. Jeffrey Sanchez was tapped last July to be the new chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, it put a veteran liberal lawmaker from one of the most progressive-leaning districts in the state into one of the most powerful positions on Beacon Hill. While that was seen by many as good(...)

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Restarting the transportation funding debate

Restarting the transportation funding debate

With millionaire tax shot down, what else is under consideration?

WITH THE MILLIONAIRE TAX ballot question shot down by the Supreme Judicial Court, the debate over state transportation funding is slowly starting to shift gears on Beacon Hill. Rep. William Straus of Mattapoisett, the House chairman of the Legislature’s Committee on Transportation, said it’s time to start having a debate about alternative revenue measures. He(...)

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Another shot in the pipeline wars

Another shot in the pipeline wars

Has 2015 report’s author changed his tune?

THOSE WHO BELIEVE the region needs another natural gas pipeline are saying they have found a new convert – the same energy analyst who co-authored a 2015 report for Attorney General Maura Healey that was widely interpreted as suggesting New England didn’t need additional pipeline capacity.  A spokesperson for the Massachusetts Coalition for Sustainable Energy, which advocates for new pipeline capacity, pointed to a(...)

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Globe’s day to dump news

Globe’s day to dump news

Friday release limited coverage of discredited columnist’s suspension

IT IS KNOWN by reporters as the “Friday news dump,” that time, often in the warm weather months, that officials release bad news late in the afternoon on the verge of a weekend to minimize attention. It has been the target of derision by many in the media. “Releasing bad, unflattering, or embarrassing news on(...)

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Yawkey Way debate wasn’t really a debate

Yawkey Way debate wasn’t really a debate

Boston agency: Decision was a forgone conclusion

THE LONG and impassioned debate this spring over whether to change the name of Yawkey Way was largely an exercise in futility. Some of those participating in the four crowded hearings in March and April before Boston’s Public Improvement Commission were aware their arguments had no impact on the final decision, but a fair number(...)

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Some transportation decisions put off until after election

Some transportation decisions put off until after election

It may be a coincidence, but delays seem to be piling up

It may be just a coincidence, but decisions on divisive transportation issues big and small seem to be getting put off until later this year – after the election. The biggest decision revolves around the design and configuration of the Massachusetts Turnpike and associated transportation infrastructure in the Allston-Brighton area. A deteriorating elevated section of(...)

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Is Baker getting carried away with offshore wind?

Is Baker getting carried away with offshore wind?

Governor predicts ‘terrific pricing’ on Vineyard Wind contract

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER may have gotten a little carried away on Wednesday talking about the “terrific pricing” the state is going to get for offshore wind power. “People are going to be really surprised, I think, because the argument has always been, ‘Well, renewable and clean energy sources are great but, jeez, they’re more expensive.’(...)

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How Capeless plotted succession plan

How Capeless plotted succession plan

DA pulled nomination papers to throw off reporters

DAVID CAPELESS WORKED CLOSELY with Gov. Charlie Baker to choreograph the handoff of his job as Berkshire Country district attorney to a top aide, going so far as to pull nomination papers for himself to throw reporters off the scent. Emails obtained from the district attorney’s office under the Public Records Law indicate Capeless was concerned that reporters might(...)

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What’s the best bet on wind?

What’s the best bet on wind?

Three bidders seem receptive to notion of splitting contract

A clarification was added to this story after its original publication. TWO OF THE THREE COMPANIES vying to build offshore wind farms off the coast of Massachusetts say it would make sense for the state to select two companies to split an 800-megawatt procurement. The third company said an 800 megawatt procurement is the way(...)

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More shots fired in pipeline wars

More shots fired in pipeline wars

Opponents: New report debunks grid operator’s rolling blackout claims

A group of natural gas pipeline opponents released a report on Thursday suggesting the operator of New England’s power grid used “unreasonable assumptions” when it concluded that rolling brownouts were possible in 2024 without additional gas supplies. The new report, prepared by Synapse Energy Economics for the Conservation Law Foundation and a handful of other(...)

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