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Transportation equity: Is it a good thing?

Transportation equity: Is it a good thing?

Those who fear displacement don't see it that way

What do we think about when we think about transportation equity?    There is regional equity – the question whether every region in a state, or every neighborhood in a city, is equitably treated from a funding perspective. There is modal funding equity, which goes to whether public sector decision makers treat each mode fairly when it comes to the allocation(...)

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What has Galvin been doing on election security?

What has Galvin been doing on election security?

Secretary’s use of federal election funds ‘abject failure’

A DAY AFTER THE INDICTMENT of 12 Russians who allegedly interfered with our 2016 elections, Secretary of State William Galvin told the The Boston Globe he’s “picking up the pace” on election security in Massachusetts – hardly a ringing endorsement of whatever the previous “pace” was. If Galvin’s tired approach sounds familiar, that’s because it’s(...)

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Past time to get serious about health care costs

Past time to get serious about health care costs

Legislature must rein in spiraling spending

LAST SEPTEMBER, Pioneer observed that Massachusetts had dodged a federal bullet when the US Senate failed by one vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Had they succeeded, the Commonwealth stood to lose billions of federal health care dollars. The near-miss experience should have prodded the Legislature and the governor to bring rampant health care(...)

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Baker administration drops ball on regs

Baker administration drops ball on regs

Aversion to regulation shouldn't mean ignoring law

WITH ONLY DAYS left in this legislative session, plenty of lawmaking remains to be done. And even after the session ends, there will still be work left to do. One big task: Various executive branch agencies will have the job of putting forward regulations to fill in details that statutes didn’t cover. Some examples. The(...)

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Inaction on environmental justice has consequences

Inaction on environmental justice has consequences

Lawmakers need to act on solar access legislation

THERE’S AN OLD SAYING in politics: elections have consequences. Well, inaction has consequences, too. And every day that Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, Sen. Karen Spilka, and their Ways and Means colleagues fail to rein in pollution and recognize that environmental consciousness is growing is another day that our most vulnerable residents are left breathing dirty air.(...)

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MA solar hurting, needs legislative help

MA solar hurting, needs legislative help

Industry lost more than 3,000 jobs last year

AT THE END OF THIS MONTH, Massachusetts legislators will break for the remainder of the summer. That leaves just a couple days for them to act on key bills that could bring thousands of jobs back to the Bay State. At risk is the state’s solar industry — a sector that’s been helping Massachusetts grow(...)

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Common Core’s slashing of fiction drains life out of schools

Common Core’s slashing of fiction drains life out of schools

Students missing out on great writers who ignite imagination and can transform lives

“LIVE, THEN, AND be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget,” reads The Count of Monte Cristo by French novelist Alexandre Dumas, “that… all human wisdom is contained in these two words, – ‘Wait and hope.’” Today marks the birthday of Monsieur Dumas, the genius of 19th-century romantic historical fiction, whose other masterworks(...)

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The waterfront is for all

The waterfront is for all

Officials cater to wealthy in access and development along Boston’s harbor

WALKING ALONG THE Boston Harbor waterfront today, it is clear that the area has come a long way from the days when the harbor was an open sewer and an elevated highway cut off the water from the rest of the city. For decades, neglected waterfront properties created few jobs, paid little in taxes, and(...)

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S. Coast Rail is headed in wrong direction

S. Coast Rail is headed in wrong direction

Look to the roads – the Mansfield I-495 route

THE CURRENT PROCESS for South Coast Rail is on the wrong track. The current solution—an interim option which avoids sensitive environmental areas—doesn’t please the city it runs through (Middleboro), the one it misses (Taunton), or the communities at the end of the line, Fall River and New Bedford. The project also fails to offer riders(...)

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House, Senate health care bills fall short

House, Senate health care bills fall short

Don't address price variation, could actually boost costs

THE GREATER BOSTON INTERFAITH ORGANIZATION is a community organization representing about 50 primarily religious congregations who come together to advance social justice, including issues related to access, cost, and quality of health care. The GBIO and its member congregations have been engaged in the health care social justice struggle for almost 15 years. We worked alongside(...)

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