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The City of Boston has improved its use of technology and data within government service, according to a policy brief released Monday by the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. GRAPHIC BY SARAH SILBIGER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF PHOTO BY KRISHNA SHARMA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Policy Brief highlights Boston’s data and analytics work

The Harvard Kennedy School’s Rappaport Institute, in conjunction with the City of Boston’s Department of Innovation and Technology, the Inspectional Services Department and the Boston Fire Department, released a policy brief Monday aimed at improving Boston’s data and analytics work, according to a Monday press release. The brief detailed the city’s efforts to revamp the permitting and licensing process as […]

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Bipartisan legislation that aims to ease individuals convicted of drug offenses back into society was signed Wednesday by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker. ILLUSTRATION BY NICOLAS TEPPER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Gov. Charlie Baker reduces re-entry barriers after drug convictions

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bipartisan legislation Wednesday to reduce re-entry barriers for those within the commonwealth who carry drug convictions, according to a Wednesday press release. The release stated that those released from jail with drug convictions will no longer face a suspended driver’s license or $500 reinstatement fee. The bill will help those who have been convicted […]

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In response the ongoing legal battles concerning ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft, U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton granted Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and his administration six months to revise regulations. The taxi industry considered the ruling a legal victory in its fight for equal protection rights. PHOTO BY RACHEL MCLEAN/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Judge orders Walsh administration to change regulations for Uber, Lyft

United States District Court Judge Nathaniel Gorton gave Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s administration six months to change the way the city regulates taxis and ride-hailing companies, such as Uber and Lyft, according to Judge Gorton’s Thursday court order. In his order, Gorton wrote that these changes have become imperative as transportation network companies continue to rise in popularity. “As TNCs […]

By Grace Li· · 3 comments · City, News
The Boston City Council passed a bill Friday that will that ban city-sponsored travel to North Carolina as a result of the state's discrimination against transgender individuals. GRAPHIC BY RACHEL CHMIELINKSKI/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

City Council bans city-sponsored travel to North Carolina

The Boston City Council passed an ordinance Wednesday banning all city-sponsored travel to North Carolina, according to Dan Sibor, chief of staff for City Councilor Josh Zakim. Zakim filed the ordinance on March 28 as a result of a recently passed law in North Carolina, according to a press release from the same day. The ordinance stated that the North […]

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In an effort to find alternative solutions to the use of firearms, the Massachusetts State Police announced Thursday that they will outfit their troopers with Tasers. PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA

Massachusetts State Police arm troopers with Tasers

The Massachusetts State Police announced on Thursday the purchase of 895 electronic control weapons in the form of Tasers to immediately equip state troopers in the Division of Field Services, according to a Thursday press release. According to the release, the MSP will begin arming troopers with Tasers in an effort to reduce gun usage to control violent, non-compliant suspects. […]

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A report issued Wednesday by the Office of the Inspector General found that Massachusetts has lost nearly $1 million in revenue on highway tolls. PHOTO BY BRIGID KING/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Massachusetts loses $1 million in toll revenue

Massachusetts lost nearly $1 million in toll revenue by allowing employees and retirees of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to pass through tollbooths without paying the fee, according to a Wednesday report from the Office of the Inspector General. The report stated that more than $985,000 was lost in toll revenue between Nov. 1, 2009 and Aug. 31, 2015. MassDOT […]

By Anna Whitelaw· · 0 comments · City, News
Officials from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority announced Monday that they are looking to eliminate riders' ability to use cash as payment on buses and trains in an effort to create a more user-friendly system. PHOTO BY ERIN BILLINGS/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

MBTA to eliminate cash payment option

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority plans to eliminate cash payments for its services, MBTA spokesperson Jason Johnson stated Wednesday. Johnson wrote in an email that the MBTA’s goal is to update the payment system to align with the technology of the current generation. “The goal is to develop a system that would allow riders to pay with phones, contactless credit cards […]

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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced his commitment to closing the gender wage gap on Monday in a gathering of 100 local businesses. ILLUSTRATION BY MAE DAVIS/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Mayor Walsh commits to closing gender wage gap

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh joined 100 local businesses Monday in his pledge to close the gender wage gap in the City of Boston, according to a Sunday press release. The release stated that the commitment is part of a pledge called the 100% Talent Compact, created by the Boston Women’s Workforce Council. The council, co-chaired by Evelyn Murphy and Cathy […]

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On Monday, the Baker-Polito Administration, along with union officials, announced they were successful in their efforts to keep Boston-area children safer through reforms within the Department of Children and Families. PHOTO BY SOFIA FARENTINOS/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Baker-Polito announce progress of Department of Children and Famillies

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced on Monday progress in reforms to the Department of Children and Families, according to a Monday press release. Baker explained in the release that even though progress has been made, the administration will continue to work to improve policies. “Last fall we pledged, with union leadership, to better support our […]

By Lavanya Prabhakar· · 0 comments · City, News
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority launched a “Performance Dashboard” website Monday that displays data concerning customer satisfaction and the accuracy of schedules among other aspects of the transit agency. ILLUSTRATION BY SARAH SILBIGER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

MBTA launches new online Performance Dashboard

Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack announced Monday the launch of the new Performance Dashboard for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, according to a Monday press release. The Dashboard is an online portal that allows T riders to keep updated on the daily reliability levels of the four subway lines and 170 bus routes, creating a new […]

By Grace Li· · 0 comments · City, News