Opinion

Raise the Renewable Portfolio Standard

Raise the Renewable Portfolio Standard

A boost is needed to help state meet emissions goals

AS THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION draws to an end, state lawmakers are considering bills that would increase the annual growth rate of the Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS). As these proposals move ahead, it is important that decision-makers not be deterred by unsubstantiated claims made by opponents that an RPS increase is incompatible with procurements of hydroelectricity required by statute (Section 83D) or will undermine compliance with the state’s Clean Energy Standard (CES). This argument(...)

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Raise the Renewable Portfolio Standard II

Raise the Renewable Portfolio Standard II

Boost is needed to keep up with other states

WIND HAS POWERED Massachusetts’ economic prosperity before, and it is poised to do so again. Two hundred years ago, whalers harnessed wind off the coasts of New Bedford, Cape Cod, and Cape Ann, charting a course for whale oil to light up our region and economy. Today, our communities are again racing into the wind(...)

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National Grid explains its lockout

National Grid explains its lockout

'We've never made a harder decision'

AT NATIONAL GRID, we’ve always taken pride in our ability to negotiate fair, multiyear labor contracts with our unions and to provide robust compensation packages to our employees, who provide important services to our gas and electric customers. We are a heavily unionized company.  We have about 10,000 unionized employees in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and(...)

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Citizenship question doesn’t belong on census form

Citizenship question doesn’t belong on census form

Stakes are high for Mass. and cities like Lawrence, Springfield

THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES sensibly requires that we “count the whole number of persons in each state” every 10 years. The results of the census are used to determine representation in Congress, and therefore the number of Electoral College votes each state gets. It is also used to allocate federal funds for, among(...)

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Electricity trick or treat?

Electricity trick or treat?

Pro and con: Do competitive electricity suppliers help or hurt in Massachusetts?

Well-intentioned law has been corrupted by con men BY DANIEL STEVENS AS SUMMER SWINGS into high gear, our electric bills do, too. Modern life dictates that we need power to keep us cool. To try and reduce electricity prices for people living in Massachusetts, a few years ago, the state Legislature created a program called(...)

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Charter school funding formula is broken

Charter school funding formula is broken

The current system is wreaking havoc with municipal finances

ONE DOESN’T HAVE to choose sides in the long debate over charter schools in order to raise legitimate questions about the approach being taken in Massachusetts. I count myself among those who have adopted a nuanced view—one that is philosophically supportive of a range of ambitious K-12 education reforms, including charters, but that also recognizes(...)

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Business groups raise concerns about health bills

Business groups raise concerns about health bills

Say assessments will hike costs, not address underlying problems

MASSACHUSETTS BUSINESS LEADERS on Thursday raised concerns about legislative efforts to provide financial support to struggling community hospitals, saying the measures will drive up costs and could destabilize the state’s health care industry. A letter from seven groups, including Associated Industries of Massachusetts and the Retailers Association of Massachusetts, indicated businesses were growing tired of(...)

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Gas lockout endangers everyone

Gas lockout endangers everyone

National Grid putting profits before people

LAST FALL, NATIONAL GRID employee Scott Ambler helped prevent what could have been a potentially devastating gas explosion in Weymouth. Ambler was not assigned to the job; instead he was passing by the site when he noticed water contractors digging around what they thought was a water pipe, but which Ambler knew immediately was a(...)

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Disability insurers discriminate against women

Disability insurers discriminate against women

Legislation would put an end to higher prices for individual policies

WHILE MASSACHUSETTS HAS ENACTED the strongest laws in the country to ensure equitable pay for women, the reality is that there is still significant work to be done to ensure that women in the Commonwealth have the same advantages and stand on equal financial ground with their male counterparts. It is high time that we(...)

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Beyond the hashtag

Beyond the hashtag

State needs to act on protecting survivors in absence of federal support

OVER THE PAST YEAR, thousands of people from across the country have come forward to voice their experiences with sexual assault, abuse, and harassment as part of the #MeToo movement. Now, more than six months after Time magazine named “The Silence Breakers” the Person of the Year for 2017, we have to ask ourselves: what has(...)

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