Politics

Getting the CA, NJ perspective on millionaire tax

Getting the CA, NJ perspective on millionaire tax

Taxing highest incomes to make public investments works

AS MASSACHUSETTS VOTERS weigh a ballot initiative to raise the tax rate on personal income over $1 million, the experience of other states can provide important insights about the likely impact. Consider our two states. New Jersey’s top tax rate on very high incomes is currently about 9 percent, the rate proposed in Massachusetts. California’s(...)

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NFL owners yield to Trump, bottom line

NFL owners yield to Trump, bottom line

New policy states players must stand on the sidelines or remain in locker room during the national anthem

In the end, the megamillionaire NFL owners decided to take a knee. Not a knee of protest or principle, as some of their employees pursued last season, but a knee of supplication. They bowed down to the royal leader, King Donald, hoping their new policy would satisfy his highness’s imperial ragings and lead him to(...)

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A point-counterpoint on millionaire migration patterns

A point-counterpoint on millionaire migration patterns

Sullivan of Pioneer Institute vs. Young of Stanford

A new report from the Pioneer Institute is raising alarms about the proposed millionaire tax by questioning the research of an academic who has claimed that higher taxes on the rich do not prompt large numbers of them to move out of state. The report, written by Pioneer’s research director, Greg Sullivan, takes to task(...)

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A missing pair of Sox

A missing pair of Sox

Team removes plaques honoring former owner and GM over alleged racism

AMID ALL THE FUROR over changing the name of Yawkey Way to Jersey Street because of the alleged racist attitudes of the late Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey, the team has quietly removed plaques at an entrance to Fenway Park honoring the longtime owner as well as that of former general manager Eddie Collins, who(...)

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Gag rule impacts Massachusetts

Gag rule impacts Massachusetts

New move to withhold funding from clinics providing abortion services could affect all states

In Massachusetts, we view abortion rights as settled law, though acknowledging that there are still pockets of deep opposition. The debate over abortion rights rarely rises to an issue in federal or local races here because state law is so firm on a woman’s right to choose that a vocal opponent rarely has a chance(...)

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Gag rule impacts Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, we view abortion rights as settled law, though acknowledging that there are still pockets of deep opposition. The debate over abortion rights rarely rises to an issue in federal or local races here because state law is so firm on a woman’s right to choose that a vocal opponent rarely has a chance(...)

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Gonzalez, Massie share stage — and views

Gonzalez, Massie share stage — and views

Debate reveals little difference between Democrats on issues

HE WAS NOWHERE to be seen, but Gov. Charlie Baker came in for a pummeling as the two Democrats vying for the right to take him on in November trained their fire on the state’s popular incumbent Republican, not each other, in a debate on Thursday afternoon at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Jay Gonzalez(...)

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How Capeless plotted succession plan

How Capeless plotted succession plan

DA pulled nomination papers to throw off reporters

DAVID CAPELESS WORKED CLOSELY with Gov. Charlie Baker to choreograph the handoff of his job as Berkshire Country district attorney to a top aide, going so far as to pull nomination papers for himself to throw reporters off the scent. Emails obtained from the district attorney’s office under the Public Records Law indicate Capeless was concerned that reporters might(...)

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Kulik: Pipeline resistance strong in House

Kulik: Pipeline resistance strong in House

Business groups are leading push for more natural gas

THE LEADER OF THE ANTI-PIPELINE FORCES in the House said on Wednesday that the coalition remains strong and could probably defeat any legislative bid to have electric ratepayers finance a new natural gas pipeline. “There’s still a lot of resistance,” said Rep. Stephen Kulik of Worthington, the vice chair of the House Ways and Means(...)

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Diehl reverts to form

Diehl reverts to form

An upcoming fundraiser plays to Diehl's Trumpian base

When Geoff Diehl worked his way to a second-ballot endorsement for US Senate by the state Republican Party at its convention last month, some wondered where the fire-breathing Trump supporter went. The Whitman state rep who co-chaired Trump’s Massachusetts campaign never mentioned the man in the White House in his speech to delegates. It felt,(...)

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