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The Codcast: Gateway Cities come of age

It was 10 years ago that MassINC launched its Gateway Cities initiative with a report documenting the challenges — and huge opportunities — in the state’s once vibrant industrial cities. “Massachusetts’ proud, old manufacturing cities must be counted, on balance, as distressed,” it said. Yet, concluded the report, “For the first time in decades, these(...)

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T overhauls fares for $723 million

T overhauls fares for $723 million

Officials unveil next gen pay system to reduce trip times, increase revenue collection

MBTA OFFICIALS WILL unveil the next generation of fare payment and collection which they say will reduce waits, increase efficiency, minimize the need for cash, and let riders use their own credit cards and cell phones to board trains and buses, all at a cost of more than $723 million over the next 13 years.(...)

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Belmont taking ‘baby step’ on trash

Belmont taking ‘baby step’ on trash

Like many communities, town wary of pay-as-you-throw

MASSACHUSETTS’S ONGOING TRASH DILEMMA – having too much of it, but nowhere to put it – is trickling down to the local level across the state. Belmont recently faced a decision many communities are struggling with – trying to decide how aggressive the town should be in reducing the amount of trash residents generate. Like(...)

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Somerville’s turn to ‘sewer socialism’

Somerville’s turn to ‘sewer socialism’

City election dominated by a left-leaning wave

FOR MUCH OF the first half of the 20th century, the municipal heart of New Deal politics was in cities like Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This growing industrial hub was home to a long succession of Socialist Party mayors and city council members who gained a reputation for transparent administration and for getting the fundamentals of local(...)

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Healey: Governor not subject to public records law

Healey: Governor not subject to public records law

Rejects Boston Globe request for documents

ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY  ruled on Friday that the office of the governor is not subject to the Massachusetts public records law, confirming the long-standing position of Gov. Charlie Baker and his predecessors. “We conclude that documents in the possession of the governor or the governor’s office are not records that must be disclosed under(...)

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Shift to women on Boston City Council is astounding

Shift to women on Boston City Council is astounding

Lots of lessons can be learned from electoral victories

THERE’S BEEN MUCH BUZZ around Boston since last week’s election which resulted in the historic victories of two additional women of color to the Boston City Council. Councilors-elect Lydia Edwards and Kim Janey will join four incumbent women of color councilors in January, marking the first time in the city’s history that nearly half (48(...)

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T taps low bidder for Green Line extension

T taps low bidder for Green Line extension

Price to restart project comes in $237 million below estimate

THE MBTA CHOSE a joint venture led by a Dallas-area contractor that said it would build the long-delayed seven-stop Green Line extension into Somerville and Medford for hundreds of millions less than officials estimated. The winning bid by GLX Constructors, a group of four construction and engineering firms led by Fluor of Irving, Texas, was(...)

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Heroux and Lantigua, what’s the difference?

Will he or won’t he? Right now, Attleboro Mayor-elect Paul Heroux won’t resign from the House, where he’s served since 2013, saying he can do both jobs effectively. It’s an interesting dynamic building and a stark contrast between how Heroux is being treated by his fellow Democratic lawmakers and how former state representative William Lantigua was(...)

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What Level 3 schools need from the state

What Level 3 schools need from the state

The right approach could help struggling schools gain traction

THIS MONTH, families across Massachusetts got their children’s MCAS 2.0 scores in their mailboxes. According to Secretary of Education James Peyser this new, more difficult test was necessary because nearly one third of Massachusetts students need remedial classes once they enter college. In our state, all public schools are rated and assigned a level based(...)

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Walsh’s transportation to-do list

Walsh’s transportation to-do list

It’s a unique moment to address the city’s inequities

In the aftermath of a massive general election victory by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh – and recognizing the political capital that goes along with that – it seems a good time to assess the opportunities for meaningful progress on a number of initiatives that have the potential to set Boston and the region on an irrevocable path toward a(...)

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