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Boston Globe
Organizations line up against fare increasesThe organizations have very different causes, but their messages to the MBTA ha
Organizations line up against fare increases
Boston Globe / Posted yesterday
The organizations have very different causes, but their messages to the MBTA have been the same: Rethink the proposals for fare increases. As the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority seeks input on possible fare increases that could go into... Read more
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Worcester Telegram & Gazette
As I See It: Which vendor for MCAS 2.0?The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Baker Administrat
As I See It: Which vendor for MCAS 2.0?
Worcester Telegram & Gazette / Posted yesterday
The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Baker Administration took a step in the right direction in November when they allowed Massachusetts to chart its own course in K-12 public education by adopting next-generation MCAS tests... Read more
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Boston Globe
State employees with six-figure salaries increased by almost 25 percentIn 2015, 13,167 state employees made $100,000 or more, according to the Globe,
State employees with six-figure salaries increased by almost 25 percent
Boston Globe / Posted 5 days ago
In 2015, 13,167 state employees made $100,000 or more, according to the Globe, up from 10,562 in 2014. Workers making that kind of money made up 10 percent of the state’s payroll last year, up from 8 percent in 2014. Governor Charlie Baker “should... Read more
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Lowell Sun
Technical schools happy with Baker funding planCameron Sousa doesn't think getting into Shawsheen Valley Technical High School
Technical schools happy with Baker funding plan
Lowell Sun / Posted 7 days ago
Cameron Sousa doesn't think getting into Shawsheen Valley Technical High School was too hard. From his school in Burlington, the sophomore remembers only five peers who wanted to go to Shawsheen Tech in Billerica. He knew he did, though, because he... Read more
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Boston Herald
Carmen’s Union chief defends perk that uses sick time to pad pensionThe head of the Boston Carmen’s Union blasted criticism of a plum union perk th
Carmen’s Union chief defends perk that uses sick time to pad pension
Boston Herald / Posted 11 days ago
The head of the Boston Carmen’s Union blasted criticism of a plum union perk that allows T employees to pad their pensions with unused paid sick leave — saying the benefit actually helps combat absenteeism. “The MBTA for the past year has been... Read more
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WWLP Springfield
Report: MBTA pension perk costs taxpayers millionsBOSTON (AP) — A new report says a perk for MBTA workers that allows them to cou
Report: MBTA pension perk costs taxpayers millions
WWLP Springfield / Posted 13 days ago
BOSTON (AP) — A new report says a perk for MBTA workers that allows them to count unused sick days to pad their pensions will cost taxpayers $72 million. The conservative-leaning Pioneer Institute report cited by the Boston Herald says Massachusetts... Read more
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Boston Globe
MBTA pension perk costs taxpayers millionsBOSTON (AP) — A new report says a perk for MBTA workers that allows them to cou
MBTA pension perk costs taxpayers millions
Boston Globe / Posted 13 days ago
BOSTON (AP) — A new report says a perk for MBTA workers that allows them to count unused sick days to pad their pensions will cost taxpayers $72 million. The conservative-leaning Pioneer Institute report cited by the Boston Herald says Massachusetts... Read more
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ABC 6 Providence
MBTA pension perk costs taxpayers millionsBOSTON (AP) - A new report says a perk for MBTA workers that allows them to cou
MBTA pension perk costs taxpayers millions
ABC 6 Providence / Posted 13 days ago
BOSTON (AP) - A new report says a perk for MBTA workers that allows them to count unused sick days to pad their pensions will cost taxpayers $72 million. The conservative-leaning Pioneer Institute report cited by the Boston Herald... Read more
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Boston Herald
MBTA’s sick time pension padMBTA workers are hoarding hundreds of thousands of sick days and using them to
MBTA’s sick time pension pad
Boston Herald / Posted 13 days ago
MBTA workers are hoarding hundreds of thousands of sick days and using them to pad their pensions in a little-known union sweetheart deal that has taxpayers on the hook for at least $72 million, according to a new Pioneer Institute report. T... Read more
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WWLP Springfield
Criticism and praise for education secretary’s view on tax hikeEducation Secretary James Peyser is seen at left in this WWLP file image from D
Criticism and praise for education secretary’s view on tax hike
WWLP Springfield / Posted 13 days ago
Education Secretary James Peyser is seen at left in this WWLP file image from December 2015. The secretary was visiting Duggan Middle School in Springfield along with Gov. Charlie Baker (center). BOSTON (State House News Service) – While Education... Read more
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Lowell Sun
Reaction mixed to education secretary's view on tax hike By Antonio Caban STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE BOSTON -- While Education Secretary
Reaction mixed to education secretary's view on tax hike
Lowell Sun / Posted 13 days ago
By Antonio Caban STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE BOSTON -- While Education Secretary James Peyser's firm rejection of proposal that would generate $1.9 billion for Massachusetts transportation and... Read more
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Lowell Sun
Baker looking to bolster voc-tech schools in budget, jobs billGov. Charlie Baker proposed bolstering funding for vocational-technical educati
Baker looking to bolster voc-tech schools in budget, jobs bill
Lowell Sun / Posted 16 days ago
Gov. Charlie Baker proposed bolstering funding for vocational-technical education. (STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE)5 million in his annual budget. Both of Baker's initiatives would need to pass through the Legislature in a time of tight finances. "It's an... Read more
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Boston Herald
Councilor: Exempt seniors, disabled from snow-clearingCity Councilor Tito Jackson wants to exempt seniors and disabled residents from
Councilor: Exempt seniors, disabled from snow-clearing
Boston Herald / Posted 27 days ago
City Councilor Tito Jackson wants to exempt seniors and disabled residents from fines for failing to shovel snow off their sidewalks, a program a former state Inspector General said needs to be tightly monitored for fraud so city crews aren’t saddled... Read more

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