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Thursday, April 14
House Budget Targets Rising Health Care Costs, Public Workers Plans

House Budget Targets Rising Health Care Costs, Public Workers Plans
Paul GroganOne of the most controversial pieces of the $30.4 billion proposed state budget from the Massachusetts House is a provision that would give cities and towns the authority to raise co-payments and deductibles for their workers – without any input from unions. Critics and union officials call it “Wisconsin-esque,” referring – of course – to Wis. Gov. Scott Walker’s headline grabbing move this year to eliminate most collective bargaining rights for public employees. In recent years, the Boston Foundation has identified the rising cost of health insurance as a serious drain on state and local coffers. And last week, with the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the group released a report entitled, “Municipal Health Plans: Gilded Benefits from a Bygone Era.” We’re joined by Paul Grogan, president and CEO of The Boston Foundation.
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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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