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Wednesday, Dec. 22
Boston To Ask Non-profits For More

Boston To Ask Non-profits For More: Boston officials are unveiling what they consider to be a fairer formula to calculate how much the city's nonprofits pay in lieu of property taxes. The 128-page report ties payments in lieu of taxes to property values and quantifies scholarships, volunteer work, and other value that colleges, hospitals and museums bring to Boston. Mayor Tom Menino says it's only fair that the institutions help pay for city services, including police and fire coverage, that they take advantage of. Some nonprofits pay millions of dollars annually, while some pay nothing. Many are resistant to change. Richard Doherty, who is the president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts, says he is pleased that the report acknowledges the tremendous contributions that schools and hospitals already bring to the city – but he has concerns about the strict formulaic structure that’s being proposed.
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012       Listen 897

The Great Back Bay Blackout
After a smoky electrical transformer fire knocked out power to about 21,000 homes and businesses, sections of the neighborhood are getting back online. But problems are expected to persist into tonight. We’ll have the latest.

Guests:
  Garrett Quinn, WGBH contributor and author of the Less is More blog on Boston.com
  Meg Mainzer-Cohen, president of the Back Bay Association
  Marcia Gregg, a Back Bay resident who (along with her family) lost power (and still doesn’t have it)
  David Jacobs, publisher and editor The Boston Courant, covers Back Bay, South End Beacon Hill and Fenway

The Baffler Is Back
The self-described “journal that blunts the cutting edge” is back in print after a two-year hiatus. The Baffler’s latest issue of scathing media, political and cultural criticism hits newsstands tomorrow. And no cow is sacred. (Not even the one that pays its bills).

Guests:
  John Summers, editor of The Baffler
  Thomas Frank, journalist and author of books like What’s The Matter With Kansas? and most recently, Pity The Billionaire. Founding editor of The Baffler

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