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Senate reins in movie star spending

Senate reins in movie star spending

Amendment says salaries over $1m not eligible for film tax credit

THE MASSACHUSETTS SENATE put the state’s film tax credit in play on Tuesday, approving a budget amendment that would shave about $15 million off of the roughly $80 million in subsidies offered to commercials and movies filmed in Massachusetts each year. The film tax credit has become a political football on Beacon Hill, with governors,(...)

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Drivers urge DPU to alter background checks

Drivers urge DPU to alter background checks

Rejected Uber and Lyft drivers say unlimited reach discriminates

EDWARD HARUNK SAID driving for Uber gave him the flexibility to take care of his sick wife and bring her to doctor’s appointments whenever she needed. “Being an Uber driver enabled me, as a sole caregiver, to set my own time and allowed me to focus on my wife’s challenges,” the 59-year-old Wellesley resident, a(...)

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Policy overload on fixing schools

Policy overload on fixing schools

Education reform faces big disconnect between designers and doers

When public policy goes one way and the premises of a culture go the other, you’ve got the formula for an unsustainable system of education. – Angus Campbell THERE IS CURRENTLY a disconnect between development and implementation of educational policy in the United States. When you speak with educators in the field it is evident(...)

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Penn Station debate offers lessons for Boston

New York City is having its own North-South Rail Link debate, just on a much bigger scale. State and federal agencies in New York are pushing for a $20 billion Gateway Tunnel project that would add more tunnels under the Hudson River and new tracks at Penn Station. But a Manhattan think tank called ReThink(...)

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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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MBTA unions pressed for pension concessions

MBTA unions pressed for pension concessions

State officials warn T retirement fund could run out of money

STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS on Monday pressured the MBTA’s major unions to agree to concessions that would reduce retirement payouts by about $1 billion over the next 18 years and prevent the authority’s pension fund from running out of money. The officials said their analysis indicates the T’s pension fund is paying out more money than(...)

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Baker under fire from all sides

The race for governor is taking shape. On the Democratic side, you have three like-minded liberals who detest President Trump. On the Republican side, you have a popular, middle-of-the-road incumbent who frequently disagrees (politely) with the president. Newton Mayor Setti Warren is the latest entrant on the Democratic side. At an event in front of(...)

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LGBTQ youth need our support 

LGBTQ youth need our support 

In threatening national climate, state grant program is a lifeline for vulnerable group 

GROWING UP AS an “out” teen on Cape Cod, there was no gay/straight alliance at my high school and the nearest LGBTQ youth resource was nearly an hour drive away. I was lucky to have a supportive family and openly gay adult role models to ease my transition to adulthood. Far too many young people are(...)

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Thinking outside the infrastructure box

Thinking outside the infrastructure box

Is there room for modular sewage treatment plants?

IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE WORLD, the past casts a long shadow.  Decisions about where to place key public facilities—roads, tracks, and pipes—tend to have a type of permanence.  What’s more, they bake in policy decisions of previous eras, inadvertently affecting our own decisions today about how to provide important public services.  Disrupting the status quo isn’t(...)

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Victims have stake in criminal justice debate

Victims have stake in criminal justice debate

Hearing will provide comment opportunity for crime survivors

CRIME VICTIMS are the only participants in the criminal justice system who did not, by their own action or choice, put themselves there.  At the same time, they are often the most impacted and endangered participants in the system.  The Massachusetts Victim Rights Law ensures that victims have access to their rights and information throughout(...)

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