Politics

Mega booze store out for self

Mega booze store out for self

Total Wine’s challenge of state liquor laws could undercut public safety

MASSACHUSETTS LAWS AND regulations governing the sale of alcohol are partially based on the idea of maximizing carefully considered controls and oversight to help reduce negative impacts associated with over-consumption. Recent reports show the Commonwealth’s regulatory approach works. The Bay State has the nation’s second-best record on limiting driving under the influence (DUI), trailing just(...)

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The Codcast: McDonough weighs in on health care

The health care debate is coming to a head in Washington, where the moment of truth has arrived for Republicans who have vowed for seven years to “repeal and replace” Obamacare the first chance they get. On Beacon Hill, state leaders are wrestling with how to restrain Medicaid costs without cutting people off coverage. No(...)

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Galvin won’t cooperate with Trump voter fraud panel

Galvin won’t cooperate with Trump voter fraud panel

Voter information is not a public record, says spokesman

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S COMMISSION to investigate allegations of voter fraud is reaching out to state officials to gather information, but they won’t be getting a lot of help from Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin. Galvin spokesman Brian McNiff confirmed on Thursday that the office received a letter from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.(...)

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Free bump on the Fairmount

Free bump on the Fairmount

Ridership rises during free period, falls back afterward

Even two weeks of free rides on the Fairmount Line didn’t boost traffic that much, but they did expose more people to the least-used line on the MBTA’s commuter rail system. The Fairmount Line, which connects South Station and Readville via Dorchester, Hyde Park, and Mattapan, has by far the worst ridership of any of(...)

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Baker slammed for not filing updated budget

Baker slammed for not filing updated budget

Some say law requires governor to file if revenues change

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER, at least publicly, has given lawmakers space to reconsider revenue and spending targets in the budget due in just a matter of days. But his reluctance to officially update his budget proposal in light of weak revenue growth in recent months is being questioned as a matter of(...)

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5 takeaways from Baker’s health reform

5 takeaways from Baker’s health reform

Authorizes new class of practitioners called dental therapists

PHASE 2 OF THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION’S ambitious health reform agenda emerged this past week.  It contains good and smart proposals – and worrisome ones needing attention. Phase 1 is an ambitious effort to transform much of the state’s Medicaid program, known as MassHealth, into “accountable care organizations.” ACOs aim to focus hospitals, physicians, and other(...)

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Baker taps MassDevelopment for $17.5m

Baker taps MassDevelopment for $17.5m

Money will be used to close FY17 budget shortfall

IT’S UNCLEAR whether it qualifies as a nip or a tuck, but the Baker administration is tapping an independent authority for $17.5 million to help balance this year’s budget. A spokesman for the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency, the state’s economic development and financing authority, said the organization’s board voted  earlier this month to transfer the(...)

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