Politics

Pot opponents mislead on costs, local aid threat

Pot opponents mislead on costs, local aid threat

Referendum critics falsely claim Colorado revenues fail to cover regulation expenses

LT. GOV. KARYN POLITO suggested earlier this week that passage of the ballot question legalizing recreational marijuana could lead to a reduction in local aid to pay for regulating the new industry and public safety costs, but there is little evidence to support her claim. At a meeting of the Local Government Advisory Commission on Tuesday,(...)

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Kerrigan lists backers for Dem post

Kerrigan lists backers for Dem post

Rivals making calls, seeking support

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE The Democratic Party’s last nominee for lieutenant governor, Stephen Kerrigan, has moved aggressively in the past few days to project the image of a front-runner to replace Sen. Thomas McGee as chair of the party, accelerating an intra-party power struggle that has not yet dissuaded other would-be contenders for the post.(...)

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Boston property tax hike makes sense

Boston property tax hike makes sense

Voters should back community preservation surcharge

TAXES VS. INVESTMENTS. The tension between these two concepts has been at the center of public policy debates at all levels of government throughout American history. Putting aside the recurring but almost always specious claim that simply eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse will be sufficient to pay for needed public investments, the reality is that(...)

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Polito: Pot question could curb state aid to cities

Polito: Pot question could curb state aid to cities

Lt. Gov. takes opposition to marijuana to whole new level

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS and local aid could take a hit if voters approve a marijuana legalization ballot question in November, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said Tuesday as she implored local officials to join the opposition to Question 4. After hearing concerns from local officials who comprise the Local Government Advisory(...)

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Abysmal voter turnout a sad statement

Abysmal voter turnout a sad statement

We need to boost civic literacy and participation

A VANISHINGLY SMALL number of voters will be visiting the polls for today’s Massachusetts state primary. And you know what? It’s our fault. In our dreams, election days are supposed to depict an overflow of patriotism and sweet electoral engagement, where voters swarm the polls to practice their civic duty. In our election day fantasies(...)

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Joyce absolved of wrongdoing

Joyce absolved of wrongdoing

Milton official says senator obtained all needed permits

SEN. BRIAN JOYCE obtained all the required permits to renovate his home, according to a report by the Milton Town Administrator that rebuts questions raised in a newspaper article over whether the lawmaker clandestinely renovated his house without town officials’ knowledge. “Based upon my review of these files and my consultation with the Building Commissioner, I conclude that the(...)

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Labor is the backbone of democracy

Labor is the backbone of democracy

Unions are our best tool to fight inequality -- and promote democratic values

THIS LABOR DAY, if you want a close up view of our nation’s widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us, all you have to do is take a walk. Boston and the state as a whole have become one of America’s best examples of its worst trend – runaway income inequality. With(...)

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Top Baker aides on party guest list

Top Baker aides on party guest list

Using state resources led to suspension of DCR chief

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE LIST OF GUESTS invited to the July 3 bash thrown by two top Department of Conservation and Recreation officials using state resources is a veritable who’s who of the executive branch and the state Republican Party — including cabinet secretaries, department heads, senior advisors and political big wigs. It is(...)

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Blacks need to be savvier political players

Blacks need to be savvier political players

Reflexive support for Democrats is a weak position to bargain from

LATELY, DONALD TRUMP has been making appeals to black voters. His argument to African-Americans is that the Democratic Party relies on black voters, but has failed to improve their economic and social plight over the decades. He says that the needs of blacks often go unanswered, even as they remain loyal to the Democrats. During his(...)

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