State Government

Pacheco: Putting price on carbon is not a tax

Pacheco: Putting price on carbon is not a tax

Senate calls its proposal a market-based compliance system

SEN. MARC PACHECO wants to make clear that the energy bill the Senate passed on Thursday night did not include a carbon tax. Under the state’s constitution, he said, the Senate is not permitted to introduce a so-called money bill; legislation that raises or lowers taxes must originate in the House. He said the Senate(...)

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DCR still struggling as landlord

DCR still struggling as landlord

Audit: User fees uncollected, leases monitored poorly

 THE STATE’S DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION is improving as a landlord, but the agency still has a long way to go, with a new state audit reporting that $600,000 in user fees went uncollected over a two-year period and a number of  tenants were allowed to continue using state property with expired leases. The(...)

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Finalists for UMass Boston job all withdraw

Finalists for UMass Boston job all withdraw

Cite critical comments by faculty council; new interim chief named

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE THREE FINALISTS to become the next University of Massachusetts Boston chancellor each withdrew from consideration over the weekend, citing “extreme disappointment” with actions by the school’s faculty council, according to UMass President Marty Meehan. On Monday — the same day trustees were originally scheduled to vote on a chancellor —(...)

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We need to put a price on carbon

We need to put a price on carbon

Pollution pricing will reduce emissions, boost economy

AS THE STORMS LAST FALL AND WINTER have shown, the impact of extreme weather events on our way of life in the Commonwealth is already painfully visible. Global warming is very likely to increase the frequency and severity of such extremes in the years ahead unless we act energetically to shift from fossil fuels to(...)

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Bikers don’t get everything they want on Longfellow

Bikers don’t get everything they want on Longfellow

RMV wait times remain long; trash piles up along roads

THE LONGFELLOW BRIDGE between Cambridge and Boston will open at the end of this month without a much wider bike lane sought by cyclists, but state officials said they would be willing to reconsider their decision if traffic on the bridge justifies a change. Bicyclists have been pressing state officials for last-minute changes to the(...)

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Do all state offices need to be in Boston?

Do all state offices need to be in Boston?

Moving to Worcester would save money, spur development

THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS is one of the largest commercial office tenants in the state, leasing just under 5 million square feet of space for employees throughout its various agencies and departments. Nearly 1.7 million square feet, approximately 35 percent of the state’s rental space, is in Boston, the region’s most expensive office market. Worcester,(...)

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Time to hit the off switch on electricity sellers

Time to hit the off switch on electricity sellers

Consumers shouldn’t be harassed, misled, or lied to

IN 1997, MASSACHUSETTS PASSED the Electric Restructuring Act to “promote the prosperity and general welfare of its citizens . . . by restructuring the electricity industry in the Commonwealth to foster competition and promote reduced electricity rates.” But the residential market for competitive electric supply never worked as hoped, and the competitive market has instead increased(...)

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Boston’s brand as tech destination is muddled

Boston’s brand as tech destination is muddled

State, industry, academia need to get on same AI page

WHEN WE CHOSE BOSTON as the US beachhead for our international software company, we knew we’d get a critical benefit: close proximity to innovators and other highly skilled professionals. Boston’s relatively easy access to Europe, where we do much of our business, also helped with our decision. But we also knew what we wouldn’t be(...)

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Human service workers woefully underpaid

Human service workers woefully underpaid

Help the helpers with student loan repayment program

PUBLIC SERVICE PAY has been in the news.  From reports that the former UMass basketball coach was paid over $1 million to an audit that discovered some State Police troopers were paid for overtime and detail shifts not actually worked, the public has a right to question these expenditures. While taxpayers contemplate the fiscal burden(...)

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In the race for governor, I’m the only true progressive

In the race for governor, I’m the only true progressive

Driverless cars and AI threaten our jobs, future

OUR SUCCESS AS A DEMOCRACY depends on our ability to harness capitalism to establish a fair and sustainable society. Just over a century ago in the Progressive Era, Republican President Teddy Roosevelt fought the massive corporations and trusts of his time who were robbing families, destroying small businesses, and concentrating wealth at the top. Today(...)

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