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JEFF JACOBY

Privatizing Logan fixes ethics problem

The State Ethics Commission came up with only three solutions to state Senator Dan Wolf’s conflict-of-interest problem. Allow me to suggest a fourth.

Wolf is the pilot and entrepreneur who founded Cape Air in 1989 and over the next two decades built it into one of the country’s most successful regional airlines. He was elected to the Massachusetts Senate in 2010, and now hopes to run for governor. But the Ethics Commission ruled last month that Wolf was in violation of state law, which bars elected officials from having a business relationship with any state agency. Since Wolf still owns 23 percent of Cape Air, and since Cape Air pays the Massachusetts Port Authority for landing rights at Logan Airport, the commission decreed the would-be governor had to choose from one of three unpalatable options.

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