Fall 2008

Fall 2008

The Bay State goes to K Street

The Bay State goes to K Street

Lobbying is a $3 billion-a-year business in the nation’s capital, and Massachusetts–based corporations and nonprofits are active participants. A CommonWealth review of lobbying records filed with the House and Senate indicates that 35 Massachusetts companies, universities, and hospitals spent at least $250,000 each on Washington advocacy in 2007, for a total of more than $37(...)

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Statistically Significant

Statistically Significant

Illustrations by Travis Foster Commuter trains to nowhere Increased commuter-rail service is a key component of “smart growth,” but not all train stops allow for car-free living. Some are simply too far from supermarkets, hardware stores, fitness clubs, and the like. According to the website WalkScore, which gives locations “walkability” scores ranging from 0 to(...)

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Free riders

Free riders

Massachusetts, once known for its raucous politics, now ranks last in the nation in the percentage of voters with a choice as to who represents them in the State House. There are both Democratic and Republican candidates in only 27 of 160 state representative districts this year. (With contests in five of 40 Senate seats,(...)

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Voting made easy

INTRO TEXT The young man in a tattered baseball cap walked up to Sharon Adair’s table at the Ward 5 polling place near City Hall in Concord, New Hampshire. Daniel Taylor wasn’t on the list of registered voters for the September primary, but that didn’t stop him. Adair confirmed that Taylor’s driver’s license had a(...)

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Local ink

Local ink

It’s hard to be optimistic about the newspaper business these days, but Kirk Davis is trying. Davis is the president and publisher of GateHouse Media New England, which owns more than 100 newspapers in eastern Massachusetts — and which itself is part of GateHouse Media, a national chain of some 500 papers based near Rochester,(...)

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Tax poll

Tax poll

A proposal to eliminate the state’s income tax is back on the ballot this year, after losing 40 percent to 48 percent, with 12 percent of voters blanking on the question, six years ago. That vote coincided with a gubernatorial election in which Republican Mitt Romney did not endorse the measure but ran a “tough(...)

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Three thoughts

I first met Colman Herman, the author of this issue’s cover story on the Massachusetts Public Records Law, years ago when I was a Boston Globe reporter. He had asked Attorney General Thomas Reilly to enforce the state’s item pricing law. When Reilly did nothing, Herman sought to enforce the law on his own with(...)

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The elimination of the states income tax is back on the ballot in November We present four distinct views on the question

Cut the waste and build the economy Why are 1.35 million Massachusetts voters already planning to vote yes on Question 1 to end the state income tax? Should you join them? There are three things to consider: what the debate is, government by the numbers, and why the people of Massachusetts benefit if you vote(...)

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