The Back Story

Connecting the lobbying dots

Connecting the lobbying dots

ML Strategies still on top; clean energy lucrative

THE LEGISLATURE DIDN’T DO a whole lot last year, but the state’s top lobbying firms kept rolling along. ML Strategies, the lobbying arm of the Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo law firm, and O’Neill and Associates retained their top-of-the-heap status, although fees at both firms were off slightly from 2016. ML Strategies came(...)

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Is Mass. shortchanged on clean energy procurement?

Is Mass. shortchanged on clean energy procurement?

Bay State ratepayers foot the bill, but many of the benefits flow elsewhere

IT FELT LIKE CHRISTMAS on Wednesday in New Hampshire. The weather was delightful outside in Manchester, but inside the folks at Eversource Energy were acting like Santa Claus. They weren’t dressed in red or shouting ho ho ho, but they were handing out lots of goodies as they made the case for why their Northern(...)

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Special elections ready-made for insiders

Special elections ready-made for insiders

Boston state Senate race follows well-worn pattern

THE CANDIDATES ARE off and running in the short sprint to the April 3 special election primary to fill the state Senate seat vacated in late January by Linda Forry. The race is sure to generate some excitement for political junkies, but it could also be seen as grounds for some unease and misgivings about(...)

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Find Mass. money – and then wait 

Find Mass. money – and then wait 

Treasurer’s office has canceled ads to slow down claims 

If you have unclaimed property listed with the state treasurer’s office, don’t make plans to spend it – or even get it – any time soon.   After years of urging people to search the listings and put in a claim for money or property they may have forgotten about or been unaware of that was left by(...)

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Trump makes it easier to not pay interns

Trump makes it easier to not pay interns

New rules still subjective, but far more flexible

The Trump administration just made it a lot easier for for-profit employers to legally benefit from the work of interns and not have to pay them, according to new rules released recently by the US Department of Labor. This comes after several legal challenges were filed against the previous set of six rules adopted by(...)

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NH regulators give thumbs down to Northern Pass

NH regulators give thumbs down to Northern Pass

Bay State clean energy procurement thrown into disarray

NORTHERN PASS, the $1.6 billion project selected by Massachusetts last week to bring a massive amount of hydro-electricity into New England from Quebec, failed to win a key permit from New Hampshire on Thursday. The seven members of the New Hampshire Site Evaluation Committee concluded that Northern Pass failed to meet one of the four(...)

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China says your recyclables don’t measure up

China says your recyclables don’t measure up

With processors running out of space, some items shipped to landfills

IT’S NOT APPARENT AT THE CURB yet, but recycling programs across Massachusetts are taking a big hit right now because of a new Chinese policy limiting the amount of contaminants the country will accept in shipments of waste paper and some other scrap materials. The new level, set at a half of a percent for(...)

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Is anyone home at Millennium Tower?

Is anyone home at Millennium Tower?

City records indicate few condo owners take residential exemption

WEALTHY PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD have bought condos at the ultra-luxury Millennium Tower in Downtown Crossing, but not many of them live there full time. City of Boston assessing records indicate three of every four owners don’t consider their condos their principal residence, suggesting the 60-story building, which is nearly sold out, is(...)

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How John Henry ended up buying the Globe for nothing

How John Henry ended up buying the Globe for nothing

By selling some assets, billionaire got what he wanted at no cost

IT TOOK A LITTLE LONGER than he planned, but John Henry managed to purchase the Boston Globe and a new printing facility in Taunton for nothing. Henry, a billionaire who also owns the Boston Red Sox and the Liverpool Football Club, started the ball rolling in October 2013, paying The New York Times Co. $70(...)

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West Station vs. Boston Landing 

West Station vs. Boston Landing 

New Balance station doing much better than expected 

SOMETHING SEEMS AMISS with the state’s ridership numbers for the proposed West Station in Allston. The draft environmental impact report for the Allston Interchange forecasts 250 daily commuter riders and 2,900 bus riders when the station opens in 2040. But a host of people, most of whom want West Station built much sooner, are saying(...)

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