Opinion

Meehan puts students, faculty last

Meehan puts students, faculty last

UMass president refuses to bargain with Lowell adjunct profs for better wages and benefits

MARTY MEEHAN’S FAILURES as president of the University of Massachusetts system have been big news lately. A controversial land grab to benefit Amherst at the expense of other campuses and a no-confidence vote by UMass Boston faculty were just the start. Now, he’s facing another controversy at UMass Lowell, where he was chancellor before taking over the entire system.(...)

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Quebec hydro isn’t a good fit for Mass.

Quebec hydro isn’t a good fit for Mass.

We need closer-to-home renewables that actually reduce emissions

MASSACHUSETTS ELECTRIC DISTRIBUTION COMPANIES submitted long-term hydro electricity supply contracts to the Department of Public Utilities for review recently. The Massachusetts Sierra Club believes strongly that these contracts are not the right way to get the regional clean energy we all need. Here are four reason why importing electricity from Quebec via a transmission line(...)

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Cities can clean up the transportation sector

Cities can clean up the transportation sector

Policies for more EVs, less driving improve health and air quality

TRANSPORTATION IS THE largest source of carbon pollution in the Commonwealth, producing 40 percent of climate-disrupting greenhouse gas emissions. Cities and towns can play an important role in leading the way to a clean transportation future. How? By helping residents drive less, and switch to electric vehicles when they must continue to drive. While the(...)

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Enviro group: Hydro contract bad for Maine, Mass.

Enviro group: Hydro contract bad for Maine, Mass.

Tells DPU project will harm landscape, won’t reduce emissions

Below is an edited version of testimony delivered by to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities on contracts to purchase hydro-electricity from Hydro-Quebec via a transmission line being built by Central Maine Power in Maine. THE CENTRAL MAINE POWER proposal is bad for the people of Maine and Massachusetts, our economies, and our environment. CMP’s(...)

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A prescription for closing the democracy gap

A prescription for closing the democracy gap

To bolster participation, citizens need to know how government works

AMERICA is facing a democracy gap. With just a few months until the mid-term elections, only three in five registered voters can correctly answer whether there is an election for US Senate taking place in their state. A similar number knows their state has two elected senators. However, when asked, just over half can name(...)

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We need CBO-like scoring of state health care bills

We need CBO-like scoring of state health care bills

Beacon Hill should tap expertise of Health Policy Commission

WHEN I WAS A MEMBER of the Massachusetts House of Representatives back in the 1990s, I learned about the concept of continuous quality improvement, or CQI, as a way to improve any process – including medical care – using a rigorous data driven approach. CQI seemed good to me and a natural fit in my(...)

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A missed healthcare opportunity

A missed healthcare opportunity

Legislature's failure to pass reform endangers survival of smaller hospitals and facilities

MASSACHUSETTS MISSED AN opportunity to address some of the most crucial healthcare challenges facing the state when the Legislature failed to reach agreement on a sweeping reform bill this session. It’s disappointing, particularly because the reforms thoughtfully formulated over the past several months are vital to many of our local communities, hospitals, workers, and patients.(...)

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Mass. puts wind power in gear

Mass. puts wind power in gear

Vineyard Wind’s low price due to synergies

TWO MAJOR EVENTS LAST WEEK have augured a new era for offshore wind in Massachusetts. The Legislature passed the Clean Energy Future Act on July 31, officially laying out a path to doubling Massachusetts’ procurement of offshore wind to 3,200 MW. The next day, Gov. Charlie Baker’s Department of Energy Resources publicly released the pricing(...)

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Why 1,500 sheet metal workers are on strike

Why 1,500 sheet metal workers are on strike

Apprentice pay is not keeping up with cost of living

SHEET METAL WORKERS are building our region’s future, and they want their families to be a part of it. That’s why right now 1,500 union sheet metal workers are on strike. They work hard to make mortgage payments, educate their kids, provide good healthcare coverage for their families, and remain in the middle class. Like(...)

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Baker’s creative friction

Baker’s creative friction

Governor may seem like a Dem at times, but he’s creating GOP value

IS CHARLIE BAKER STILL a Republican? Lately, many Republicans have come to believe he has been co-opted by Democrats. They recently saw Baker sign legislation to increase taxes for paid leave and to increase the minimum wage. They also wonder why Baker didn’t seek to maintain the MBTA’s crucial exemption to the Pacheco Law, which(...)

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