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CommonWealth’s Spring 2018 issue is out!

CommonWealth’s Spring 2018 issue is out!

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Here’s a rundown of what’s in our spring print issue, which is in the mail and available online. You may have heard something about infighting in Fall River between wunderkind Mayor Jasiel Correia and the city’s political establishment. Now get a sense of what’s really going on. Ted Siefer portrays a mayor who isn’t letting(...)

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Book review: Massport at 60

Book review: Massport at 60

Independence has been Massport’s greatest asset and its chief vulnerability

Massport at 60: Shaping the future since 1956 By Jim Aloisi Massachusetts Port Authority 262 pages YES, THIS BOOK commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Massachusetts Port Authority, but the story really begins almost a decade earlier, in 1949, when the city of Boston was a crony-encrusted economic backwater. That year, Boston voters denied James Michael(...)

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City stalls on Yawkey name change

City stalls on Yawkey name change

Commission puts off vote after hearing on Sox owner’s legacy

A STANDING-ROOM ONLY crowd, including reclusive former Red Sox CEO John Harrington making an emotional plea to retain the street’s moniker, left disappointed after a Boston commission charged with overseeing the city’s public ways unexpectedly delayed a controversial vote to rename Yawkey Way on Thursday. The city’s Public Improvement Commission, which had been slated to(...)

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Goldberg warns of NH lottery moves

Goldberg warns of NH lottery moves

Says Mass. lottery is 'sitting here like dead ducks'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THERE ARE PROVERBIAL TROOPS amassing at the New Hampshire border and the Massachusetts Lottery is “sitting here like dead ducks,” Treasurer Deborah Goldberg said Tuesday of the New Hampshire Lottery’s move to sell products online and introduce Keno. New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu in July signed a bill that seeks to(...)

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T privatization survives key union challenge

T privatization survives key union challenge

Arbitrator rejects ‘get out of jail free’ card

THE MBTA’S BUDGET SHORTFALL, once pegged at $335 million for the current fiscal year, is now down to $30 million.  That’s good news for riders, taxpayers, employers, and legislators—really everyone except the T’s unions.  Much of the savings is the result of a three-year exemption from the Commonwealth’s anti-privatization law that the authority was granted(...)

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T missing out on college student market

T missing out on college student market

University pass attracts only 12,500 customers

MBTA OFFICIALS said on Monday they are struggling to come up with a pass that would be attractive to local universities and their students and at the same time produce significant revenue for the transit authority. The current university pass, which offers an 11 percent price discount on various products, attracted 12,500 customers in the(...)

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Baker launches search for new T leader

Baker launches search for new T leader

Urges oversight board to stay on into 2020

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said on Thursday that his administration is addressing long-term governance at the MBTA, launching a search for a new CEO/general manager and asking the agency’s existing oversight board to stay on an extra two years until June 2020. The search process comes at a critical time for the T. The transit authority(...)

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T means-tested fare experiment called bust

T means-tested fare experiment called bust

Riders didn’t respond to discount for The RIDE

THE MBTA ON MONDAY said an experiment with a means-tested fare for its costly paratransit service failed to attract enough riders to make it worthwhile and decided instead to offer customers of The RIDE a broader range of affordable options. The decision cast a pall over efforts to launch means-tested fares more broadly at the(...)

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Lawmakers: Hike everyone’s pay

Lawmakers: Hike everyone’s pay

Rosenberg and DeLeo bill would give salary increases to all three branches

THE TWO TOP LEGISLATIVE leaders on Beacon Hill filed a bill Monday that would boost their own pay by more than doubling the stipends they receive for their posts as well as raise the salary of every constitutional officer and judge in the state. In addition, the bill filed by House Speaker Robert DeLeo and(...)

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