Politics

Focusing on the optics of a pay raise

Just as lawmakers are putting down their right hands from being sworn in for the new term, they’ve decided to take up a two-year-old report that portrays them as woefully underpaid and recommends hefty raises all around, hikes that would push compensation for constitutional officers and legislative leadership near the top among all states. While there(...)

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Baker throws cold water on pay hikes

Baker throws cold water on pay hikes

Lawmakers to hold hearing on two-year-old report recommending increases

LAWMAKERS WILL FINALLY take up the recommendations for salary hikes for elected officials laid out in a 2014 report but the plan could be dead on arrival as Gov. Charlie Baker said he has no intention of accepting a raise and will “carefully review” any bill for pay increases that makes it to his office.(...)

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Jackson shakes up the map

Jackson shakes up the map

Councilor’s entry to mayoral race means no 2013 replay

THAT BOSTON CONVERSATION about race is about to get super interesting, but perhaps not in the way Mayor Marty Walsh intended. Walsh, who announced the conversations late last year, will face off against one of the city’s more prominent African American elected officials (possibly among others) in his fall reelection bid. District 7 City Councilor(...)

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Baker’s record on records

Baker’s record on records

Governor withheld documents in 33 instances

Over the past two years, Gov. Charlie Baker has responded to 33 requests for public records by either withholding the information in its entirety or releasing it in redacted form. Baker’s record on records requests, which itself was obtained through a public records request, aligns with his view that his office is not subject to(...)

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Tito is in

After keeping politicos guessing for months, and then recently saying he’d make a decision by the spring, Tito Jackson is diving into the race for mayor of Boston this afternoon, with an announcement scheduled for Dudley Square’s Haley House at 2 p.m. With that, the Roxbury district city councilor will become the only declared candidate(...)

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Now Beacon Hill may mess with time

Now Beacon Hill may mess with time

Commission to study adopting daylight savings time all year long

BEACON HILL REGULATES just about everything – cars, pot, schools, taxes, death – and now lawmakers are looking at making their influence known in one more of life’s essentials: time. A legislative commission on Wednesday held the first of what will be several public hearings to consider a proposal to move the state into the(...)

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Ewwww!

The gasp you hear over the lurid allegations about President-elect Donald Trump is not the collective electorate. That’s more of a shudder. No, the group inhale is from members of the mainstream media over the fact that the unsubstantiated and unverified report containing charges that Russia has compromising information and videos of Trump actually made it into(...)

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Center: FY18 budget gap $615.7m

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center estimates the state’s funding gap for the coming fiscal year will be $615.7 million and recommends two policy changes to introduce greater transparency into the budget-writing process. The gap, as the left-leaning center explains in a new policy brief, is essentially the difference between forecasted revenues and expenses but(...)

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