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CONNECTIONS: In America, truth has never gotten in the way of politics

Fomenting fear to drive policy is a political technique older than our country. It has never lost favor with the power hungry and never varied.

Sticker shock: Options for upgraded East-West passenger rail link between Berkshires and Boston range from $2 billion to $25 billion

A penny on each dollar collected by the state's 6.26 percent sales tax (excluding meals) goes to fund the MBTA. That means Berkshire County residents fund the MBTA with every purchase, even though the MBTA's services do not extend beyond Worcester County.

News Briefs: Sewage legislation advanced; bicycle, pedestrian plans

The bill would establish practices and procedures to require those legally in charge of running sewage overflow outlets to inform the public if and when raw sewage is entering their rivers and waterways, a term known as “combined sewage overflow.”

News Briefs: Pignatelli appointed to rail study advisory committee; Hinds’ holiday open house; expansion grant for CHP; priority designation for Mount Washington

Through a partnership with the Nature Conservancy, the Schenob Brook restoration/Becker Pond Dam removal project will benefit wild Eastern brook trout and other species threatened by the effects of climate change.

News Briefs: Berkshire Museum art sales complete; Hinds appointed to rail committee

MassDOT’s East-West Passenger Rail Study is charged with evaluating strategies for providing passenger rail service between Boston and Pittsfield by way of Springfield.

Berkshire rep added to key state transport panel; study on Pittsfield-to-New-York rail link chugging along

Reps. William 'Smitty' Pignatelli and John Barrett worked to lobby Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, who agreed to place a Berkshire County resident on the commission.

Berkshire lawmakers ‘deeply disappointed’ in composition of Baker’s commission on future of transportation

Sen. Adam Hinds, who was among those who signed the letter, said he is 'deeply disappointed that the Berkshires were not given a high enough priority to have a member on the commission.'

News Briefs: Baker-Polito administration to fund bridge projects; $4.23 million allotted for infrastructure; Green Tea Party meeting; Guiel announces City Council candidacy; conservation commissions...

Seventy-four city and town conservation commissions across Massachusetts have urged Gov. Charlie Baker to drop his support for fracked gas pipelines.

News Briefs: Baker calls immigration executive order ‘problematic’; ‘Complete Streets’ funding awards

"Massachusetts is a global community. We all benefit from the shared experiences of our partners from around the world. Our education, health care, business and public sector institutions rely on these relationships to deliver on their missions every single day." --Gov. Charlie Baker

Mass DOT chief learns Main Street project ahead of schedule

The $5.4 million Main Street Reconstruction in Great Barrington is ahead of schedule, according to the DOT, with sidewalks and pavements to be completed by winter, and new trees planted this fall. The project, however, is “close” to its budget.
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