Charlie Baker

T, bus repair union negotiating again

T, bus repair union negotiating again

Lang, of oversight board, working both sides

MBTA OFFICIALS AND THE UNION representing workers at three bus maintenance garages facing privatization have entered into serious negotiations, with a member of the T’s oversight board working to bring both sides together. The T and the union, which had barely talked for months, have met three times in the last two weeks and are(...)

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Baker nominates T attorney for Appeals Court

Baker nominates T attorney for Appeals Court

Englander key inside player at the transit authority

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER on Wednesday nominated John Englander, the general counsel at the MBTA and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, to serve as an associate justice of the state Appeals Court. Englander is a key inside player at the T. He has been involved in a number of hard-nosed negotiations with vendors, particularly LAZ Parking,(...)

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Pro-charter school group hit with record campaign finance fine

Pro-charter school group hit with record campaign finance fine

State says group served as pass-through to shield donor identities

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE PROMINENT NEW YORK education group that financed the bulk of last year’s failed ballot campaign to expand charter schools in Massachusetts has agreed to pay the largest fine in state campaign finance history to resolve questions over whether it participated in a scheme to conceal the identities of well-heeled donors.(...)

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Reform before revenue debate rages on

Reform before revenue debate rages on

Setti Warren says MBTA needs more money

DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE SETTI WARREN on Friday rode the Red Line into Boston with a Suffolk University student and afterwards told reporters the state needs to invest more in the MBTA. “Everyone who rides the T knows this system is broken, it’s inadequate, it’s under-resourced,” said Warren. “The folks that don’t know it are the(...)

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Trump ends DACA; Markey says Congress will respond

Trump ends DACA; Markey says Congress will respond

Senator calls action ‘plain evil,’ Healey calls Sessions a liar

THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION on Tuesday ordered an end to an executive branch program shielding young undocumented immigrants from deportation, prompting an outpouring of opposition from top officials in Massachusetts. The Obama-era program, called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, allows minors who entered the country illegally and were raised primarily in the United States to receive(...)

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Cannabis Commission may be scrambling for funds

Cannabis Commission may be scrambling for funds

Initial $2m budget is unlikely to stretch that far

THE STATE COMMISSION CHARGED with implementing the new legal marijuana law is starting its work with no money in its coffers and uncertainty about whether it will have sufficient funds to set up the permitting process needed to oversee a billion-dollar industry from scratch. State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, whose office was given autonomy over the(...)

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Privatization at the T isn’t the solution

Privatization at the T isn’t the solution

Baker wants to weaken, if not break, the unions

THREE YEARS BEFORE BOSTON opened America’s first subway, railway workers were the catalyst for labor being recognized with a federal holiday. In 1894 George Pullman, facing financial pressure, cut the pay of workers and laid off many on his Chicago Railway. Many workers went on strike, and the American Railway Union, in sympathy, refused to(...)

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Perchance to dream

College campuses are anxiously waiting for President Trump’s decision on whether to dismantle or even substantially change the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA was an executive order from then-President Barack Obama in 2012 that stopped deportation of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children and who pose no security threat. But(...)

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