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Business groups raise concerns about health bills

Business groups raise concerns about health bills

Say assessments will hike costs, not address underlying problems

MASSACHUSETTS BUSINESS LEADERS on Thursday raised concerns about legislative efforts to provide financial support to struggling community hospitals, saying the measures will drive up costs and could destabilize the state’s health care industry. A letter from seven groups, including Associated Industries of Massachusetts and the Retailers Association of Massachusetts, indicated businesses were growing tired of(...)

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Restarting the transportation funding debate

Restarting the transportation funding debate

With millionaire tax shot down, what else is under consideration?

WITH THE MILLIONAIRE TAX ballot question shot down by the Supreme Judicial Court, the debate over state transportation funding is slowly starting to shift gears on Beacon Hill. Rep. William Straus of Mattapoisett, the House chairman of the Legislature’s Committee on Transportation, said it’s time to start having a debate about alternative revenue measures. He(...)

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Gas lockout endangers everyone

Gas lockout endangers everyone

National Grid putting profits before people

LAST FALL, NATIONAL GRID employee Scott Ambler helped prevent what could have been a potentially devastating gas explosion in Weymouth. Ambler was not assigned to the job; instead he was passing by the site when he noticed water contractors digging around what they thought was a water pipe, but which Ambler knew immediately was a(...)

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Fifty Shades Darker in Rockland

Fifty Shades Darker in Rockland

Town hall video shows nothing steamy, no apparent coercion

Investigators hired by the town of Rockland concluded Selectman Deirdre Hall pressured Town Administrator Allan Chiocca into having sex at town hall after moving on from an “intense emotional and physical affair” with Edward Kimball, the chairman of the Board of Selectmen. Hall had already called off her run for state rep and her lawyer(...)

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Fifty Shades Darker in Rockland

Investigators hired by the town of Rockland concluded Selectman Deirdre Hall pressured Town Administrator Allan Chiocca into having sex at town hall after moving on from an “intense emotional and physical affair” with Edward Kimball, the chairman of the Board of Selectmen. Hall had already called off her run for state rep and her lawyer(...)

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After surtax fail, Senator sees regional transpo taxes as “Great plan B”

After surtax fail, Senator sees regional transpo taxes as “Great plan B”

Would enable local communities to band together

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WHEN ONE DOOR to transportation revenue closes, there’s an opportunity to try to open others, according to a Longmeadow Democrat who is making an eleventh hour push for local ballot initiatives to fund buses, highways and bike paths, an option available in most other states. The Supreme Judicial Court determined last(...)

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Disability insurers discriminate against women

Disability insurers discriminate against women

Legislation would put an end to higher prices for individual policies

WHILE MASSACHUSETTS HAS ENACTED the strongest laws in the country to ensure equitable pay for women, the reality is that there is still significant work to be done to ensure that women in the Commonwealth have the same advantages and stand on equal financial ground with their male counterparts. It is high time that we(...)

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Beyond the hashtag

Beyond the hashtag

State needs to act on protecting survivors in absence of federal support

OVER THE PAST YEAR, thousands of people from across the country have come forward to voice their experiences with sexual assault, abuse, and harassment as part of the #MeToo movement. Now, more than six months after Time magazine named “The Silence Breakers” the Person of the Year for 2017, we have to ask ourselves: what has(...)

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Busted unions

Busted unions

Indifference and declining muscle threaten labor’s role

Labor unions may be taking a beating these days but they’re not going down without a fight and somebody is going to emerge bloodied. The latest battlefield is right here in Massachusetts as National Grid’s lockout of some 1,200 union workers is in its third week with no immediate end in sight. The utility giant(...)

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Busted unions

Labor unions may be taking a beating these days but they’re not going down without a fight and somebody is going to emerge bloodied. The latest battlefield is right here in Massachusetts as National Grid’s lockout of some 1,200 union workers is in its third week with no immediate end in sight. The utility giant(...)

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