The Back Story
DEREK KELLOGG, the UMass men’s basketball coach, is the highest paid public employee in Massachusetts, but you’d never know it looking at his base salary. Kellogg’s base salary is $225,000, but he also receives $769,000 in quarterly installments for participating in speaking engagements set up by the school and for appearing on weekly and game-related(...)
Is legal action next over Mashpee tribal land?
Now that the federal government has authorized the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe to take more than 300 acres of land in Taunton and Mashpee into trust, the big question is whether the decision will be challenged in court. Tribal officials say a successful challenge is very unlikely, but all involved are treading very carefully. In its(...)
Charlestown rotary is battleground between Walsh and Wynn
IF YOU DON’T live in or around Charlestown, chances are you have no idea why so much of the Wynn Resorts casino debate centers around fixing traffic problems in Sullivan Square and Rutherford Avenue. Here’s a primer to help you understand what’s going on. Where is Sullivan Square? You can see it from I-93 as(...)
State taps fund to live beyond its means
Rainy day funds have a natural rhythm. They shrink during a recession when reserves are drawn down to offset declining tax revenues. Once the economy rebounds and tax revenues start growing again, the fund is replenished as reserves are built up to weather the next fiscal storm. But the rhythm has been way off lately(...)
What’s their rationale for another Big Dig?
FORMER GOVERNORS Mike Dukakis and Bill Weld are heading up to Beacon Hill next week to put a rail link between North and South stations on Gov. Charlie Baker’s radar. Dukakis cooked up the Democrat-Republican collaboration, reaching out to Weld, who serves with him on the board of the Boston Harbor Island Alliance. Weld, of(...)
In June emails, official said 'nothing has changed'
I heard the cost of the Green Line Extension was spinning out of control in early June, but I had no proof and ended up not writing anything. That’s my bad. But my back-and-forth with the MBTA on the issue, all captured in emails, is nevertheless very revealing about the mindset of government officials, and(...)
Says no legislators should have been charged for the centuries-old practice
A LITTLE MORE than a year after the guilty verdicts came down in the Probation Department hiring scandal and with the appeals process inching along, a former juror in the widely watched eight-week federal corruption trial says he’s still convinced of one thing: They got it right. The juror is the first of the panel to(...)
State and local officials reluctant to regulate popular ride-sharing industry
Third in a series In May, the members of the Braintree Licensing Board took a step that no other community in the state has been willing or able to do: they banned Uber. By a 4-1 vote, the board ordered that cease and desist letters be given to any driver or company such as Uber,(...)
Wollaston Yacht Club starts anew with clean slate
THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION and Recreation is forgiving three-quarters of the back debt owed by a Quincy yacht club renting space from the state on Wollaston Beach. The Wollaston Yacht Club’s unpaid rent of $30,500 had been a source of friction between the club and the state for years. On a number of occasions,(...)
$768m shortfall turned out to be much less
A clarification has been added to this story. THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION’S dire warnings last winter about a $768 million deficit for fiscal 2015 have turned out to be off the mark, so much so that the governor is now asking legislative approval to spend an end-of-the-year surplus. Baker took office last January saying that the(...)