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Sides Staked Out for "Adult Conversation" About Transportation Funding

By Andy Metzger STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JUNE 11, 2012�� Even if the state chose not to fund the $1.3 billion Green Line Extension, several of the revenue-generating ideas tied to that project in newly released documents will need to be used to keep state transit authorities afloat, Transportation Secretary Richard Davey

House Advances T Bailout Bill That Involves Moving T Ferry Services to Massport

By Matt Murphy STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JUNE 11, 2012….A possible transfer in the next year of MBTA ferry operations to the Massachusetts Port Authority would be studied under a T bailout bill that received initial House approval Monday morning. The bill rescues the T from its near-term budget crisis, but drops

Editorial: Not So Fast on New Tax Giveaways

“I’m not saying fraud is rampant in the program,” Robert DeLeo was quoted as saying recently in the Chelsea Record. “It’s of a small nature, but what we want to do is tighten up the restrictions during the budget process. When we have to cut other programs that are important to us, any time we

AG Confirms Investigation of Practices at For-Profit Colleges

By Matt Murphy STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MAY 30, 2012…. Ratcheting up the pressure on for-profit education firms, Attorney General Martha Coakley on Wednesday confirmed that her office is investigating deceptive loan and recruitment practices at some for-profit colleges and certificate programs where students often graduate with overly burdensome debt, or fail


From State House News Service: With the Senate ready to begin debate on its fiscal 2013 budget Wednesday and a majority of senators apparently backing an amendment to eliminate tighter restrictions on shelter eligibility for homeless families, Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development Aaron Gornstein said the Patrick administration is urging the Senate to reject

A Team of Socially Conscious Techies Spends a Weekend Building Websites for Non-Profits (Including Us)

Trisha Craig Spare Change News Thanks to a crack team of socially conscious computer programmers and web designers, Spare Change News has a new website that was unveiled this week. SCN was one of 31 non-profits to benefit from 2012 New England GiveCamp, a weekend-long extravaganza of coding that allows organizations in need of new

Smoke-free or free to smoke? BHA moves to ban lighting up inside public housing units

Adam Sennott Spare Change News The Boston Housing Authority is taking steps toward protecting its residents from the dangers of second-hand smoke. However, some residents feel their rights are being violated. The Boston Housing Authority is moving forward with plans to implement a smoke-free housing policy in September 2012. This policy will prohibit residents and

A second season for bike-sharing program

Robert Sondak Spare Change News The New Balance Hubway bike-sharing system reopened for its second season Thursday March 15 with 60 percent of the 61 bike stations live and operational. The system will be fully operationally by April 1 with a total of 610 bicycles for available use. Nicole Freedman, Director of Boston Bikes, elaborated