Opinion

Spare service programs from budget ax

Spare service programs from budget ax

Now more than ever, feds must invest in opportunities to serve

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S FISCAL 2018 budget eliminates all funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service, the parent organization of flagship national service programs such as AmeriCorps and Senior Corps. As two former chairs of the community service corporation, representing different political parties, we call on the White House and Congress to consider the broad benefits(...)

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Don’t forget about transmission

Don’t forget about transmission

Rick Perry had the right idea in Texas

EARLIER THIS MONTH my company, Anbaric, announced a new partnership with the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan that enables funding to create up to $2 billion in renewable energy transmission and microgrid projects. At first glance, we make an unusual team – a transmission company and a reputable institutional investor with $171 billion in assets. But(...)

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Gorsuch is threat to public education

Gorsuch is threat to public education

Court nominee's record on school issues merits scrutiny

FOR SEVERAL WEEKS, opposition to Betsy DeVos as President Trump’s nominee for secretary of education was front and center in the news – and that was largely thanks to educators. The extent of our dissent, with tens of thousands of letters and phone calls to legislators against her nomination, was tremendous. While the Senate ultimately(...)

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For marijuana law, now the ‘Grown-Up’s Hour’

For marijuana law, now the ‘Grown-Up’s Hour’

State has long history of applying legislative fixes to ballot questions

MANY OF US have listened to Longfellow’s poem that reminds us that there “Comes a pause in the day’s occupations, that is known as the Children’s Hour.” Now that democracy has worked its magic in Massachusetts with the legalization of recreational use of marijuana, I suggest it is time for the Grown-Up’s Hour when it(...)

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Trump budget shows shocking values

Trump budget shows shocking values

Education, environment, and cities get snubbed

A BUDGET PROPOSAL is a statement of beliefs and priorities, a document that says, “these are the things we value.” President Trump’s proposed budget says we don’t value women, seniors, the sick, or our children. And it shows we don’t value education, the environment, and clearly – America’s cities. The President’s budget, as outlined this(...)

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Trump’s attack on environment is attack on communities of color

Trump’s attack on environment is attack on communities of color

Minorities will pay heaviest price from gutting of EPA and rollback of environmental protections

TWO WEEKS BEFORE the commencement of President Trump’s reign of error, the New York Times reported that in an effort to undermine strong public support for policies to prevent climate chaos, an organization financed by Charles and David Koch had launched an effort to convince nonwhite voters in particular that they are not at risk(...)

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Sanchez: A few common themes emerged

Sanchez: A few common themes emerged

Health panel finds higher payments justified for high-quality providers

IN MAY OF 2016, I was named co-chair of the Special Commission on Provider Price Variation, a 23-member group consisting of legislators, insurers, providers, employers, and other stakeholders. The commission spent the last six months tackling complex issues in health care, including the payer-provider contracting relationship, the impact of health care market forces, how transparency(...)

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GOP cuts are moral challenge for America

GOP cuts are moral challenge for America

Republican plan trades health care for 24 million to provide tax cuts to the super-wealthy

THE BIG NEWS IS, of course, the “score” from the Congressional Budget Office detailing that the House Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act/Obamacare will result in 14 million Americans losing health insurance by 2018 and 24 million by 2026. Before that, something else caught my eye today from the Bangor Daily(...)

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With health assessment, Baker heading down familiar path

With health assessment, Baker heading down familiar path

Proposed levy has shades of Patrick's ill-considered software tax

“ONCE BURNED, twice shy.” Will the Legislature heed that aphorism in response to Gov. Baker’s proposed health care tax on employers to help balance the state’s fiscal 2018 and 2019 budgets? Four years ago, then-Gov. Patrick proposed a tax on computer software and services to help expand funding for transportation. He assured the Legislature that(...)

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Extend the T’s Pacheco Law exemption

Extend the T’s Pacheco Law exemption

Let’s fix the MBTA once and for all

“Competition is a good thing,” said MBTA Acting General Manager Brian Shortsleeve.  “It drives innovation; it drives productivity.”  That sums up the importance of extending the MBTA’s exemption from the Pacheco Law, the Commonwealth’s anti-privatization law. A three-year exemption from the Pacheco Law was granted as part of the 2015 emergency legislation aimed at fixing the troubled MBTA. In an announcement that raises(...)

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