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MBTA Fares to Increase by 5 Percent

MBTA FARES TO INCREASE BY 5 PERCENT The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is proposing a 5% fare increase to Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority fares as part of its 2015 budget. The fare increase, if approved, would take effect on July 1. The proposal would raise local bus fares 10 cents from $1.50 to $1.60. MBTA  Full Article…

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Gas Tax Debate

Gas Tax Debate Watch Transportation Secretary Richard Davey and Rep. Geoff Diehl participate in a debate over the gas tax on WATD Radio on Thursday at 6:15 p.m. The Legislature last year raised the tax on a gallon of gas by 3 cents, to 26.5 cents-per-gallon, and tied future increases to annual inflation. Davey supports  Full Article…

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Why Mass. Lags On Patrick’s Wind Power Goal

WBUR – Five years ago, Gov. Deval Patrick set an ambitious goal: He declared that by 2020 the state should develop enough wind-generated electricity to power 800,000 homes. Patrick said a quarter of that wind power should come from turbines located on Massachusetts land. But with half the time gone, we’re still far from reaching the  Full Article…

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In Mass., public records can be hard to get

Globe – This week is Sunshine Week, a national initiative on the importance of government transparency, public records, and freedom of information. Every state uses some form of open records law to ensure a transparent government. It allows citizens to keep an eye on government activity by requesting documents from different branches of government. In  Full Article…

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Costs of Connector site failure mount as state agrees to drop vendor

BOSTON — Massachusetts plans to sever ties with the contractor responsible for the broken Obamacare website, which has been ringing up $10 million a month in unexpected enrollment costs tied to the site’s failure, and officials now estimate they may not have a fully functional online marketplace until October. Sarah Iselin, Gov. Deval Patrick’s special assistant  Full Article…

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Massachusetts House-Senate committee pushes $1.7 billion borrowing bill

BOSTON – A House-Senate committee on Monday approved a $1.7 billion borrowing bill, dramatically raising the bottom line on legislation sought by Gov. Deval Patrick and padding the legislation with spending authorizations for trees, cranberry bog acquisitions and money to purchase coastal property. The Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, chaired by Sen. Marc  Full Article…

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Letter: Unfair taxation looming in Massachusetts again

Eagle Tribune – On Feb. 25, wire services released a report that a committee known as the Tax Fairness Commission appointed by the Massachusetts Legislature was expected to recommend a graduated tax to levy an increasing burden on high-wage earners and supposedly a lesser burden on low-wage earners. The recommendation will be delivered through a  Full Article…

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Pioneer Institute says convention center plan will cost the state $5B in lost revenue

Boston Business Journal – A new analysis of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center’s planned expansion in the city’s Seaport District claims that the buildout will ultimately cost the state $5 billion in lost revenue for roads, schools and other public services over a 16-year span. According to The Pioneer Institute, the Boston-based think tank that  Full Article…

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House, Senate must settle billions in transportation spending

STATE HOUSE — The Massachusetts Senate passed a multi-billion dollar transportation bond bill Thursday evening, setting up election-year negotiations with the House on the final version of legislation replete with pet projects and policy directives. In rapid succession, the Senate considered an avalanche of amendments that mostly earmarked project funds under the borrowing bill (S  Full Article…

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