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T urges Red-Blue pedestrian link

T urges Red-Blue pedestrian link

Idea contained in draft to-do list for 2040

Due to a reporting error, the original version of this story misstated the connection points for a possible pedestrian link between the Red and Blue Lines. The connection points are State Street and Downtown Crossing stations. STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS, as part of a draft to-do list for 2040, said they are considering building a pedestrian(...)

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Finding Better Ways to Allocate Limited Public Safety Resources

Finding Better Ways to Allocate Limited Public Safety Resources

Estimating the costs and savings attached to criminal justice reform legislation

Massachusetts’s criminal justice reform legislation is arguably the most wide-ranging and comprehensive in the country, at least as far as progress in a single legislative session goes. However, unlike most states that have pursued comprehensive reform, our legislation was largely crafted without independent technical assistance from the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI). One of the key(...)

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Study: N-S Rail Link cost at least $12.3b

Study: N-S Rail Link cost at least $12.3b

Dukakis says numbers have 'no relation to reality'

THE PUSH FOR A RAIL LINK between North and South Stations was dealt a major setback Monday when a new state study indicated the construction cost would be at least $12.3 billion, more than twice as much as a more conservative plan to expand South Station to accommodate increased commuter rail traffic. The rail link(...)

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SJC knocks millionaires tax off November ballot

SJC knocks millionaires tax off November ballot

Court rules provisions of question not sufficiently related

THE SUPREME JUDICIAL ruled that a proposal to raise taxes on high earners in Massachusetts cannot appear on the November ballot because it violates a constitutional provision requiring that all the elements of such a question be “related” or “mutually dependent.” The eagerly-awaiting ruling is a huge blow to public sector unions and other liberal(...)

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Is Charlie Baker beatable?

Is Charlie Baker beatable?

John Walsh sits down with CommonWealth Magazine and MassINC Polling Group president Steve Koczela

Charlie Baker, the most popular governor in America, looks like a lock for reelection, according to polls, pundits, and even lots of Democrats you talk to. But don’t count John Walsh as one of them. The former chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party insists Baker can be defeated — and he says the governor’s team(...)

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The Codcast: Is Charlie Baker beatable?

Charlie Baker, the most popular governor in America, looks like a lock for reelection, according to polls, pundits, and even lots of Democrats you talk to. But don’t count John Walsh as one of them. The former chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party insists Baker can be defeated — and he says the governor’s team(...)

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Why Charlie Baker is beatable

Why Charlie Baker is beatable

Ignore the conventional wisdom and study the numbers

PEOPLE FREQUENTLY ASK ME about the race for governor this November. Their interest often gets boiled down to one question: “Is Charlie Baker beatable?” They usually make clear that they’re pretty sure the answer is no. They are certainly not alone in that view. My answer? Of course he is! But he’s the most popular(...)

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Local access channels getting tuned out

Local access channels getting tuned out

Cable companies keep programming in standard def, off channel guides

WE ARE IN a new age of news and media. It started with the 24 hour news cycle, it changed again with the advent of social media, and most recently our media landscape changed with the introduction of the term “fake news” into our vernacular. For the first time, perhaps ever, we have foreign countries(...)

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Three pieces of ‘employability’ advice for college seniors

Three pieces of ‘employability’ advice for college seniors

A little planning will go a long way in finding a good career match

START GETTING INTERNSHIPS your first year of college. Always keep an open mind about what kind of career could work for you. And refuse to think you have to squelch your personality—or fit in a cookie cutter—to be an attractive job candidate. From my two years as a career services counselor at Bentley University, those(...)

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