Economy

Time to revisit the need for more gas pipelines

Time to revisit the need for more gas pipelines

Renewable energy cannot meet demand without help

NEW ENGLAND’S GOVERNORS, who for years called for increasing the delivery capacity of natural gas into the region, have largely gone silent. Today, the region is seeing the consequences with Bloomberg reporting December 27 that “spot prices more than tripled … and turned the region into the world’s priciest market.” Natural gas prices last week(...)

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State tax collections soar in December

State tax collections soar in December

Monthly revenues exceed projections by $527m

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE TAX COLLECTIONS IN DECEMBER left Massachusetts government flush with unbudgeted cash as revenues for the first half of the fiscal year have exceeded estimates by $728 million, shedding light on Gov. Charlie Baker’s decision this week to lift the hold he had put on legislative spending earmarks. The Department of Revenue(...)

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Momentum for more housing choices in the state

Momentum for more housing choices in the state

Lawmakers need to create incentives for communities to increase housing stock

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER joined the fight to promote housing last week—adding more push to the consensus that 2018 is the year to tackle the Commonwealth’s housing crisis head on.  As we head into the 2018 session, it’s time for the Legislature to pass bills that will make it easier for our cities and towns to(...)

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Alcohol task force calls for higher taxes, more oversight

Alcohol task force calls for higher taxes, more oversight

Report does not recommend changes in existing licensing process

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE HIGHER TAXES, INCREASED FINES, and a significantly larger government oversight agency are among the recommendations of a task force that spent months reviewing laws and regulations that apply to the alcohol industry in Massachusetts. The Alcohol Task Force, formed in February by Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, on Thursday issued 37 recommendations, including(...)

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City Hall skating fees raise some eyebrows

City Hall skating fees raise some eyebrows

For family of four, with skate rentals, the cost is $86

SHANE MURPHY, a resident of Springfield, was walking around Faneuil Hall with his date recently when he decided to visit  the newly minted skating rink on Boston’s City Hall Plaza. Murphy said he enjoyed the festive atmosphere and the music, but he thought the ice skating fees were too high. The second “Boston Winter” festival(...)

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Open bar

Open bar

Cannabis commission focuses on “social consumption”

WHEN VOTERS PASSED the referendum legalizing adult use of marijuana, most people focused on the ability to use pot in their own homes or with friends. State regulators, however, are being urged to set their sights on another place to get high – the neighborhood pot bar. At a meeting of the state’s Cannabis Control(...)

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Harvard unveils plans for new Allston neighborhood

Harvard unveils plans for new Allston neighborhood

University starts small, with focus on 14 acres along Western Avenue

HARVARD UNIVERSITY unveiled some broad brush strokes of its plan to build a new neighborhood along Western Avenue on the edge of its campus in Allston. The project, dubbed variously as Allston North or the Enterprise Research Campus, is an attempt by the university to build a neighborhood that feeds off and reinforces the research(...)

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Nothing but ‘net

The Trump administration is ready to jettison another Obama-era regulation in a win for Big Telecom, this time laying waste to “net neutrality” rules that mandate equal access to the internet by service providers. The Republican-majority Federal Communications Commission, led by Chairman Ajit Pai, who just won Senate approval for a five-year term, bowed to(...)

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T overhauls fares for $723 million

T overhauls fares for $723 million

Officials unveil next gen pay system to reduce trip times, increase revenue collection

MBTA OFFICIALS WILL unveil the next generation of fare payment and collection which they say will reduce waits, increase efficiency, minimize the need for cash, and let riders use their own credit cards and cell phones to board trains and buses, all at a cost of more than $723 million over the next 13 years.(...)

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Rosenberg: We’re not done with pot

Rosenberg: We’re not done with pot

Senate president says Legislature could make more changes to marijuana law

SENATE PRESIDENT STANLEY ROSENBERG said the recreational marijuana law will continue to evolve and he foresees the Legislature making several changes a year. “We created a joint standing committee because we know additional questions are going to come back to us over time and we know that because that’s what happened in Colorado,” Rosenberg said(...)

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