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MBTA service cuts called unnecessary

Advisory board says agency overestimating its budget deficit

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MBTA OVERESTIMATED its budget deficit and could erase its argument for a controversial package of service cuts by using a less conservative outlook, according to an independent oversight panel representing cities and towns that help fund the transit system and are served by it. Less than two weeks before T(...)

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Consensus budget ups spending by 6.5%

Measure filed just before 8 p.m., allowing vote on Friday

NEGOTIATORS FROM the House and Senate reached an agreement Thursday evening on a $46.2 billion final budget for fiscal 2021. Both the House and Senate are planning Friday afternoon votes. Senate President Karen Spilka said the budget “makes important investments in key areas to steady the Commonwealth and assist our most vulnerable residents as we(...)

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State’s 2d surge is not the same as 1st

Cases rising faster, but deaths, hospitalizations growing more slowly

THE STATE’S SECOND SURGE is continuing to build in intensity, with the number of cases starting to accelerate well beyond levels experienced during the first surge. But the outcomes of those cases, in terms of deaths and hospitalizations, are so far much less severe. The number of cases hit a new daily high on Thursday(...)

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What a Biden administration could mean for policing

'Procedural justice' and 'police legitimacy' are poised for a comeback

LOOK FOR THE terms “procedural justice” and “police legitimacy” to re-enter the vocabulary of the West Wing. As the incoming Biden administration forms its policy on policing in the US, also look for the name Tracey Meares to start appearing in transition papers on criminal justice matters. Professor Meares was a leading member of President(...)

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Baker expecting vaccines for 150,000 people this month

Governor declines to say who will be first in line

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said he expects the state to receive 300,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of the month, enough to treat 150,000 people since the initial treatments require two doses per person. Baker declined to say who will receive priority for the initial doses. A federal advisory panel earlier this week recommended(...)

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Even in Mass., 1 in 4 think election not fair

Poll indicates 15% of residents think Trump won, Biden lost

JOE BIDEN won Massachusetts — by a lot, more even than Hillary Clinton did in 2016, more even than Barack Obama in 2012 or 2008. You have to go back to 1996 to find a Democrat who won Massachusetts by as much as Joe Biden did this year.  Biden won Massachusetts on his way to(...)

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A ‘dream come true’ in Wrentham

Newly built affordable starter home is a rare find

KIM BASSIGNANI grew up in a four-bedroom raised ranch in Norfolk. Her father, Larry, a Navy veteran injured on a construction project while in the service, used his disability payments to help build the solidly middle-class home in 1965 with the help of life-long friends from Norfolk. The lot cost just $900. The house cost(...)

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Baker’s starter house effort a bust

Homebuilders call program well-intentioned, but ill-conceived

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