Spring 2011

Spring 2011

Fish fight

Fish fight

The Massachusetts congressional delegation is usually in sync with environmentalists, but not on fishing limits

massachusetts democrats are close allies of the environmental community, routinely receiving top scores on environmental scorecards and leading the charge on major environmental legislation in Washington. But don’t tell that to Peter Shelley, senior counsel at the Conservation Law Foundation in Boston, or Tom Lalley, oceans communications director of the Environmental Defense Fund in Washington.(...)

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Plan violates separation of powers provisions

Plan violates separation of powers provisions

The touted savings are overstated, and the plan conflicts with constitutional separation of powers principles

the committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) board and management staff have no quarrel, and in fact are in agreement, with the overall point made by Secretary  Gonzalez. Read the argument here. We feel that legal services to the indigent, required by law to be provided by CPCS, should be supplied in the most efficient and(...)

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Public sector pay: reasonable or excessive?

Public sector pay: reasonable or excessive?

gov. scott walker’s victory in curbing collective bargaining rights of Wisconsin public sector workers casts a spotlight on the issue of disparities between public and private sector compensation. The same issue—whether public sector workers are getting overly generous pay and benefits—is simmering here in Massa­chusetts, particularly with the state facing huge budget challenges this year.(...)

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Schools set aside funds for special ed increases

Brookline Public Schools are scrambling to close a nearly $1.5 million budget gap for the fiscal year beginning in July, yet the School Committee is nevertheless setting aside $400,000 in case the city’s cost for private special education rises. Public school systems that cannot accommodate certain special needs students internally often pay to send them(...)

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The next great thing

The next great thing

despite the economic woes in the country, investment in research and development continues to expand in all public, private, and nonprofit sectors, according to federal statistics. Nowhere is that impact felt greater than in Massa­chu­setts, where more money is spent on business research and development than in any other state in the country except California,(...)

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Public or private?

Public or private?

gov. deval patrick clearly doesn’t think much of the judiciary’s management skills. He’s filed legislation calling for a professional manager, instead of a judge, to oversee the trial court. He wants to move the patronage-plagued Probation Department out of the judicial branch and into the executive branch. And he wants to abolish the judiciary’s Committee(...)

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