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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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Greg Bialecki Wants to Intentionally Raise Parking Costs

Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Greg Bialecki, argued for raising the cost of parking in areas like Somerville, Cambridge and Boston last week during on conference on parking strategies. The conference, which was sponsored by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, focused on the supposed, high cost of free parking. The discussion was centered around  Full Article…

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Massachusetts Citizens for Jobs criticizes lack of debate on key budget issues

Massachusetts Citizens for Jobs, an organization committed to providing more transparency in state government as a way to spur more responsible and more pro-jobs voting, budgeting, and regulation, today criticized State Representatives who voted to block debate on critical areas of the state budget before the process has even begun.  By a 115-29 vote this  Full Article…

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Bar Application for State Rep. Candidate John Velis

This bar application raises questions of his claims of fiscal responsibility due to the lack of details around the civil proceeding with his credit card. Records also show that Anti-business groups support State Rep. Candidate John Velis.  He supports increasing the cost of doing business in Massachusetts. Anti-Business Donations received by Mr. Velis: 3/11/2014 Political  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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