Broadside: Mass. Gov.’s transportation plan

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NECN.com | January 23, 2013 (NECN) – Wednesday morning’s Green Line fire wasn’t just an inconvenience for MBTA riders – it was also an opportunity for Mass. Governor Deval Patrick to make a point about his new budget. The budget includes more than $1 billion in new transportation spending, some of which would be used […]

Mass. Economist Predicts Slow Growth in 2013

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By Cristina Quinn | WGBH News | January 18, 2013  The jobs report released Thursday marked an end to the slow and moderate economic growth of 2012, as the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced that the unemployment rate rose to to 6.7 percent in December. That’s up from 6.6 percent in November […]

Massachusetts unemployment rate ticks up to 6.7 percent in December from November’s 6.6 percent

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By Megan Woolhouse | Boston.com | January 17, 2013 The Massachusetts unemployment rate ticked upward to 6.7 percent in December, the sixth month the rate has held steady or increased, state officials said Thursday. The state also added 7,500 jobs in December and about 51,000 jobs overall last year, the report said. That shows a state economy […]

Patrick Proposes Expanding Rail Service; Revenue Options Listed

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By Fred Thys | WBUR | January 14, 2013 BOSTON — With the release of a long-awaited transportation financing report (PDF) on Monday, Gov. Deval Patrick is proposing to expand rail service across the state. Patrick is endorsing a plan by the state Department of Transportation that would fund rail service from Pittsfield to New […]

Patrick vows new funds for roads, rail

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By Eric Moskowitz | The Boston Globe | January 4, 2013 Governor Deval Patrick said Friday that he will unveil a proposal later this month to raise the necessary money through taxes or fees to fix the state’s financially beleaguered transportation network. Patrick declined to say how he would raise the money or how much […]

How will the fiscal cliff compromise bill affect you?

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By Shira Schoenberg | MassLive.com | January 3, 2013 With all the discussion about the compromise bill that President Barack Obama signed into law averting the so-called “fiscal cliff,” how will the bill impact you? Here are a few scenarios. The Unemployed In November, the state Division of Unemployment Assistance notified 45,000 Massachusetts residents who were receiving federal extension benefits that […]

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