Spring 2009

Spring 2009

Massport: Government that works

Massport: Government that works

fifty years ago, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts launched a bold experiment in bringing business principles to government when it entrusted its most important transportation facilities to a new agency, the Massachusetts Port Authority. Created by the Legislature in 1956 in response to concern among business, civic, and labor leaders that the Commonwealth’s deteriorating air and(...)

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Correspondence

Candidates need a level playing field I’m a three-term selectman in Falmouth and a recent independent candidate for the Third Barnstable District seat in the House of Representatives, held by Democrat Matt Patrick. Your editorial and article on “Ending the One-Party State” (CW, Winter ’09) were dead on. The problem is that change needs to(...)

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School mergers in Maine hit snags

massachusetts officials looking to consolidate some of the state’s school districts need only look north to Maine to see how tough that job will be. Maine Gov. John Baldacci first floated his district consolidation proposal in January 2007, saying the state’s cost of school administration shouldn’t continue to grow as the student population shrinks. So(...)

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IBM offers transition to teaching careers

IBM offers transition to teaching careers

When Elizabeth Cowles of Bedford graduated from college in 1987, she had two job offers: one to work for IBM and one to teach high school physics. She chose IBM because the pay was better, but always imagined she’d switch to teaching at some point — until life got in the way. “When you end(...)

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Email exchanges reveal Wilkerson’s tenacity

Email exchanges reveal Wilkerson’s tenacity

the federal affidavits filed in conjunction with the bribery investigation of former state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson reveal how relentless she could be in pursuing policies and projects of interest to her alleged benefactors. Nowhere is that more evident than in her dealings over the years with Gov. Deval Patrick and his staff, according to emails(...)

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Beacon Hill pols share their bounty

Beacon Hill pols share their bounty

Massachusetts legislators are big givers with other people’s money. Campaign finance reports for 2008 indicate lawmakers took about $1 million of the $9.8 million they raised from supporters and donated it to charities, other politicians, or a political party. The records show 179 lawmakers gave just over $650,000 to charitable causes. Senate President Therese Murray(...)

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