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Creative accounting on Beacon Hill

Creative accounting on Beacon Hill

Lawmakers warm to the idea of private funding for police, fire training

BRIAN KEYES, the police chief in Chelsea, sounds like a mountain climber with the summit finally in sight. He and his fellow chiefs have been scaling Beacon Hill for almost a decade looking for a way to fund police training programs that wouldn’t require them to go hat in hand to the Legislature each and(...)

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Parent provocateur

Parent provocateur

Mom-in-chief Keri Rodrigues rallies parents on education issues, but her past work on charters dogs her

PHOTOGRAPHS BY MICHAEL MANNING IT’S A THURSDAY EVENING in late May and about 20 immigrant parents and grandparents are gathered in a meeting room of the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association in Lowell. It’s the monthly meeting of the local chapter of Massachusetts Parents United, a statewide organization launched two years ago to give low-income families(...)

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Is it possible Elizabeth Warren is becoming more bipartisan?

Is it possible Elizabeth Warren is becoming more bipartisan?

New research says yes, based on the bills she files, cosponsors

An earlier version of this story said that none of Elizabeth Warren’s bills had become law during the current Congress. In fact, one of her bills, to make it easier to purchase hearing aids, was incorporated into legislation reauthorizing the Food and Drug Administration that was enacted in 2017, while Congress also enacted provisions similar(...)

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DeLeo: Let’s take policy issues out of spending plan

DeLeo: Let’s take policy issues out of spending plan

Call comes as House to take up opioid, education budget legislation

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WITH THE STATE’S ANNUAL BUDGET now nine days late, House Speaker Robert DeLeo floated the idea Monday of separating the policy proposals in the spending bill from the dollars and cents needed to fund the government in an effort to reach a compromise. Massachusetts is the last state in the country(...)

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House’s Trump working group hasn’t done much

House’s Trump working group hasn’t done much

Leading the resistance requires action, not words

LAST MARCH, a self-described “deeply worried” Speaker Robert DeLeo created a nine-member working group to guide responses to the “unprecedented actions” of the Trump administration. The group, led by House Majority Leader Ron Mariano of Quincy and House Speaker Pro Tempore Pat Haddad of Somerset, consisted of Assistant Majority Leader Byron Rushing of Boston, Ways(...)

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Ruling on milllionaire tax right one constitutionally

Ruling on milllionaire tax right one constitutionally

Another victory for an independent judiciary

AS A PLAINTIFF in the lawsuit Anderson v. Attorney General, I applaud the court’s decision, although I don’t consider myself or the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, the organization that I represent, the winner.  The real winner is our democracy. Despite all the rhetoric, the underlying public policy question about whether the Commonwealth should introduce a marginal(...)

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New Jersey taxpayers to fund local journalism

New Jersey political leaders ended a four-month budget impasse on Sunday night just hours before the government was scheduled to shut down. Most news stories focused on the big political compromise: Instead of the millionaire tax sought by the governor, the budget included a  new multimillionaire tax — a 10.75 percent tax rate on anyone earning(...)

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Renaming Faneuil Hall would not erase history

Renaming Faneuil Hall would not erase history

We always reconsider the past in the light of new perspectives

IN A LOCAL TV news station poll this month, more than 90 percent of viewers opposed renaming Faneuil Hall, an iconic civic edifice in Boston which has been a magnet for tourist and elementary school day-trippers. Yet, all across the nation, large cities and small municipalities are taking sure-footed measures toward removing or renaming monuments,(...)

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Are you there, Massachusetts? It’s me, the primaries

Are you there, Massachusetts? It’s me, the primaries

Major and consequential contests further down the ballot

Ahhh, the Fourth of July. When we come together to commemorate the beginning of the grand experiment that is America, celebrating government for and by the people. And in Massachusetts – the birthplace of the revolution – the gravity of the moment is not lost on voters as they march toward the purest expression of(...)

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Baker signs ‘grand bargain’ bill

Baker signs ‘grand bargain’ bill

Measure includes new payroll tax for family, medical leave

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER signed a new law Thursday that could affect virtually every resident of Massachusetts, a week after lawmakers settled months of negotiations over proposed ballot questions that could have had dramatic consequences for the state’s finances and economy. Legislators scrambled to assemble the so-called grand bargain bill after interest(...)

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