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Mass Citizens For Jobs Receives Health Connector E-mails

Massachusetts Citizens for Jobs received e-mails from the Health Connector and its affiliated group, Health Care For All. The e-mails discuss the organization’s budget, goals, and hiring a consulting firm to help with canvassing. If you would like to read this report, it can be found in the FOIA section of our website. We requested  Full Article…

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Joint Transportation Chairmen Should Reveal Committee Vote Immediately Says Mass Citizens for Jobs

Joint Transportation Chairmen Should Reveal Committee Vote Immediately Says Mass Citizens for Jobs -Legislative Leadership Tries to Hide Committee Votes from Public- Massachusetts Citizens for Jobs today called on Joint Transportation Committee Co-Chairmen William Strauss and Thomas McGee to immediately release the names of the legislators and how they voted in committee Monday on bill  Full Article…

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State Representative Testifies in Federal Corruption Trial

Rep. Michael Costello testified yesterday at the federal corruption trial of Probation Commissioner John O’Brien and two of his employees. Prosecutors questioned Costello about whether someone needed legislative patronage to work in the Probation Department. Costello explained that he worked with then-Speaker of the House Sal DiMasi to get his wife and a family friend  Full Article…

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Did an Agawam City Councilor file papers properly?

Masslive.com is reporting that a sitting Agawam City Counselor who is running for State Representative has been the target of a possible state campaign and political finance complaint. “Cichetti, 42, who is listed as unenrolled, did say he inadvertently ran afoul of state rules when he took out nomination papers as a Democrat in a  Full Article…

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Fossil Fuel Divestment

Last Thursday a group called Better Future Project / 350 Massachusetts protested outside of the State House demanding that Massachusetts divest from fossil fuels. The group is behind S. 1225 – An Act relative to public investment in fossil fuels. S. 1225 directs the Pension Reserves Investment Management (PRIM) Board to cease new investments in  Full Article…

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Conference on Chronic Unemployment Solutions – MIT

Conference on Chronic Unemployment Solutions – MIT – May 6th 2014 MIT held a mini conference today about the crisis of long term unemployment.  Speakers at the event spoke on various private and governmental organizations designed to help long term unemployed workers reenter the labor market. Undersectary of Workforce Development, Jennifer James provided a summary  Full Article…

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MBTA Meeting in Medford

Last night citizens from Medford MA gathered at their City Hall to discuss the MBTA fare increases. Effective July 1, 2014, average fare will increase by 5 percent. Kathleen Dolan, a resident of Medford, gave her comments during a public hearing. “My sister wanted to be here tonight, but she is still on the T.  Full Article…

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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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