Politics

Rivera: Lawrence is strong, people are talking about city

Rivera: Lawrence is strong, people are talking about city

Says he won’t win all lawsuits against him, but they are necessary

The following is a slightly edited version of the State of the City speech of Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera, which was delivered on Tuesday.  I STAND BEFORE YOU TONIGHT to tell you that the State of our City is strong. It is strong today even though this year greeted us with seven feet of snow(...)

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Senate unanimous in support of Public Records Law update

Senate unanimous in support of Public Records Law update

The bill must be meshed with less-stringent House version

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ACKNOWLEDGING THAT ADVANCES in current technology has rendered the decades-old law ineffective, the Massachusetts Senate on Thursday passed a public records reform bill updating the statute governing access to public documents for the first time roughly 40 years. By a unanimous vote, the bill that supporters said would strengthen access to(...)

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Charter battle exposes rift in teachers union

Charter battle exposes rift in teachers union

Factions at odds over spending on ballot campaign, other issues

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE LEADERSHIP OF THE Massachusetts Teachers Association has vowed to fight a ballot initiative to expand charter schools with everything it has, but the issue has exposed strife within the union heading into new leadership elections in May. The MTA Board of Directors over the weekend backed away from a plan put(...)

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Cordy to retire from SJC

Cordy to retire from SJC

Decision will give Baker his first high court nominee

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE  SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT Justice Robert Cordy plans to retire in August, the court announced Wednesday, creating the first opportunity for Gov. Charlie Baker to make an appointment to the state’s highest court. The former chief legal counsel to Gov. William Weld, Cordy was appointed to the Supreme Judicial Court by Gov.(...)

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Baker administration making public records progress

Baker administration making public records progress

Appeals plummet; still, compliance not perfect

THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION is making significant progress in fulfilling the governor’s pledge to make it easier and cheaper for the public to access records from his administration. Baker’s new procedures require every agency to designate a “records access officer” to receive and track public records requests, to respond to questions, to get documents out the(...)

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Senate puts teeth into public records reform

Senate puts teeth into public records reform

Bill differs vastly with House measure but still leaves governor and Legislature exempt

THE STATE SENATE unveiled its version of Public Records reform, potentially the first major overhaul since the law was enacted in 1973, placing a hard time limit on responses, requiring courts to award attorneys’ fees if a requester is wrongly denied, mandating electronic records be provided, and restricting fees for compliance and copies. The bill, which(...)

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Committee approves millionaires tax

Committee approves millionaires tax

Would impose 4% surtax on income over $1m

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE   THE LEGISLATURE’S COMMITTEE ON REVENUE on Thursday morning gave its stamp of approval to a proposed constitutional amendment that would establish a 4 percent surtax on income in excess of $1 million in a bid to raise $1.9 billion. The proposal (H 3933) seeks to raise additional revenue for education and(...)

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Baker budget’s focus is fiscal restraint

Baker budget’s focus is fiscal restraint

No new taxes, fees and limited spending growth

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER’S ANNUAL BUDGET PROPOSAL filed Wednesday featured the administration’s focus on fiscal restraint, with an emphasis on limiting overall spending growth and growing state government’s savings account. While the $39.6 billion budget proposed for fiscal 2017 makes new investments in targeted areas such as local aid, child welfare, substance abuse prevention, and(...)

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Baker diverts $150m from rainy day fund

Baker diverts $150m from rainy day fund

Governor not worried bond rating will suffer

THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION said on Wednesday that it is steadily reducing the state’s reliance on one-time revenue solutions, but nevertheless wants to balance the fiscal 2017 budget using $150 million that was slated to go into the state’s rainy day fund. Under state law, the state is supposed to transfer any capital gains tax revenues(...)

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