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8:29 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Legislature again mulls tolls on Conn. highways

Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford
Credit Matthew Trump

  

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The issue of highway tolls in Connecticut is back on the legislature's agenda.

The Hearst Connecticut Media Group reports that lawmakers are again considering tolls to raise money as a special transportation fund established decades ago to fix roads and bridges is depleted by officials looking for money.

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New England News
8:11 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Conn. governor to meet with Biden about gun ideas

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is heading to Washington, D.C. to meet with Vice President Joe Biden about the administration's gun control proposals and to attend President Barack Obama's second inauguration.

Malloy is scheduled to meet with Biden on Friday evening. While he was invited to Obama's announcement this week, Malloy was unable to attend because of prior commitments in the state.

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New England News
8:03 am
Fri January 18, 2013

BC's band to perform in inaugural parade

Credit www.bc.edu web staff

BOSTON (AP) — Boston College's marching band will be heading to Washington to join in the inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.

The parade will follow President Barack Obama's swearing-in and inaugural address on Monday.

College officials say the 155-member band will perform the University's fight song, "For Boston," along the parade route.

Band director David Healey says the performance will be a "once in a lifetime opportunity" for band members.

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New England News
3:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Mass. groups to hold transgender awareness day

BOSTON (AP) — Transgender groups will host a community action day at the State House to push for public accommodation protections for transgender youth, adults and family.

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New England News
1:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Wall panels removed from Boston's Callahan Tunnel

Credit Rene Schwietzke

  

BOSTON (AP) — State transportation officials have decided to take down all 2,800 reflective wall panels from inside the Callahan Tunnel because it's more cost effective than conducting frequent tests.

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New England News
10:39 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Vt. Supreme Court to hear arguments on nuke plant

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A lawyer for the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant's owner tells the Vermont Supreme Court it should dismiss a complaint that says the plant has been disobeying orders from the utility regulating Public Service Board.

During oral arguments Wednesday, Entergy Corp. lawyer Kathleen Sullivan said the board was in error when it ruled twice last year that by continuing to operate the plant, Entergy was violating the terms of the board's ruling that allowed the company to buy the plant in 2002.

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New York News
9:02 am
Thu January 17, 2013

DiNapoli: Slow NY, fed aid hits local taxpayers

Thomas DiNapoli
Credit Courtesy NYS OSC

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says local governments are leaning harder on their taxpayers because of sluggish state and federal aid.

DiNapoli's report states that in the last decade, federal and state aid grew an average of 2.2 percent a year, which was less than the inflation rate of 2.4 percent during the same time.

The share of local municipal and county funding that comes from the state and federal government is down to 20 percent, from 22 percent in 2011.

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New England News
8:46 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Mass. Gov. Patrick calls for income tax hike

Credit Boston Globe Web Staff

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick has asked the Legislature for $1.9 billion in new taxes to support major new spending on transportation and education.

In his annual State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature, Patrick called for hiking the state income tax from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent, while doubling the personal exemption for all taxpayers and eliminating dozens of itemized deductions.

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New England News
8:24 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Mass. Gov. Patrick's tax plan meets mixed reviews

Credit Rappaport Center

BOSTON (AP) — Lawmakers are giving mixed reviews to Gov. Deval Patrick's call to hike the state's income tax while also cutting the sales tax.

Senate President Therese Murray said she applauded Patrick's ambition but added the "the devil's in the details."

Fellow Democrat, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, said Patrick's proposal gives lawmakers a lot of food for thought, but said he didn't think the proposal could pass or fail based just on what Patrick said.

Republicans lawmakers were more critical.

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New England News
9:54 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Mass. Gov. Patrick's tax plan meets mixed reviews

The Massachusetts State-house in Boston, Massachusetts

BOSTON (AP) — Lawmakers are giving mixed reviews to Gov. Deval Patrick's call to hike the state's income tax while also cutting the sales tax.

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