Politics

Baker: Compromise is sign of strength

Baker: Compromise is sign of strength

Rules out broadbased taxes; calls Airbnb tax closing a loophole

The following is the prepared text of Gov. Charlie Baker’s State of the CommonWealth speech. Mr. Speaker. Mr. President. Members of the House and Senate. Distinguished elected officials and honored guests. And fellow Citizens. About 750 days ago, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and I stood right here and we pledged to work collaboratively with you(...)

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Pay raise hearing just for show?

Pay raise hearing just for show?

DeLeo, Rosenberg drafted bill, made ethics inquiries before hearing

WHEN HOUSE SPEAKER Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stan Rosenberg issued a joint statement last week about holding hearings on a two-year-old report to explore the possibility of raising salaries for themselves and constitutional officers, they indicated the process was evolving and public input would help shape possible legislation. “The Legislature has yet to hold(...)

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Do your job

As local pundits press Gov. Charlie Baker to take a stronger stand against President Trump, it’s worth remembering what Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots always say as the big game approaches: Do your job. Baker, a Republican, was elected governor of heavily Democratic Massachusetts. His job is to manage the state as best(...)

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Lawmakers: Hike everyone’s pay

Lawmakers: Hike everyone’s pay

Rosenberg and DeLeo bill would give salary increases to all three branches

THE TWO TOP LEGISLATIVE leaders on Beacon Hill filed a bill Monday that would boost their own pay by more than doubling the stipends they receive for their posts as well as raise the salary of every constitutional officer and judge in the state. In addition, the bill filed by House Speaker Robert DeLeo and(...)

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Trump’s America First vision

President Trump’s inaugural speech laid out a new “America First” vision for the country that may be more in keeping with the increasingly competitive world economy. “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first,” Trump said. “Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made(...)

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Quick and quiet hearing on salaries report

Quick and quiet hearing on salaries report

Lawmakers ask few questions in hearing to raise compensation for Speaker and Senate President

ONE OF THE authors of a report recommending higher compensation for the state’s top elected officials said on Thursday he was “surprised” a joint legislative panel took two years to hold a hearing on the matter but said the pay raises should be adopted to ensure the state’s top elected officials are paid what they’re(...)

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MassHousing conflict?

MassHousing conflict?

Official failed to disclose ties to father, girlfriend

THE STATE’S CONFLICT of interest law seems pretty straightforward. A public official may not participate in any matter in which she or a member of her immediate family has a financial interest. But real life, as illustrated by a situation at the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency, is rarely that simple. CommonWealth received a tip recently(...)

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