Municipal Government

Pot opponents mislead on costs, local aid threat

Pot opponents mislead on costs, local aid threat

Referendum critics falsely claim Colorado revenues fail to cover regulation expenses

LT. GOV. KARYN POLITO suggested earlier this week that passage of the ballot question legalizing recreational marijuana could lead to a reduction in local aid to pay for regulating the new industry and public safety costs, but there is little evidence to support her claim. At a meeting of the Local Government Advisory Commission on Tuesday,(...)

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Boston property tax hike makes sense

Boston property tax hike makes sense

Voters should back community preservation surcharge

TAXES VS. INVESTMENTS. The tension between these two concepts has been at the center of public policy debates at all levels of government throughout American history. Putting aside the recurring but almost always specious claim that simply eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse will be sufficient to pay for needed public investments, the reality is that(...)

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Polito: Pot question could curb state aid to cities

Polito: Pot question could curb state aid to cities

Lt. Gov. takes opposition to marijuana to whole new level

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS and local aid could take a hit if voters approve a marijuana legalization ballot question in November, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said Tuesday as she implored local officials to join the opposition to Question 4. After hearing concerns from local officials who comprise the Local Government Advisory(...)

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Joyce absolved of wrongdoing

Joyce absolved of wrongdoing

Milton official says senator obtained all needed permits

SEN. BRIAN JOYCE obtained all the required permits to renovate his home, according to a report by the Milton Town Administrator that rebuts questions raised in a newspaper article over whether the lawmaker clandestinely renovated his house without town officials’ knowledge. “Based upon my review of these files and my consultation with the Building Commissioner, I conclude that the(...)

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Rivera to LePage: Your comments help no one

Rivera to LePage: Your comments help no one

Criticizes governor's 'radical Republican' political agenda

The following is a response from Lawrence Mayor Daniel Rivera to Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s comments about where the opioids causing problems in Maine are coming from. PAUL LEPAGE, the governor of Maine, is clearly at a loss on how to fix his state’s drug problem. Join the club. We are looking for solutions not scapegoats.(...)

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Mass. mayors back AG on assault weapons

Mass. mayors back AG on assault weapons

Officials are part of Healey's effort to win support for her actions

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY faced a barrage of criticism in the weeks following her announcement of stepped up enforcement of the state’s assault weapons ban, but the state’s top prosecutor and her allies have spent the better part of the past week trying to change the narrative by highlighting support for(...)

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Musical chairs

Musical chairs

Constant turnover among school superintendents roils state districts

Photographs by Michael Manning STATE EDUCATION OFFICIALS placed the Southbridge schools into receivership earlier this year, citing continual underperformance in all testing areas, high suspensions and disciplinary problems, and unacceptable graduation rates. A key reason why state officials decided enough was enough was the void at the top of the school system. Since 2011, Southbridge(...)

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Mass. chiefs approve most gun permits

Mass. chiefs approve most gun permits

Only 1.8% of applicants denied, suggesting discretion not abused

ONLY A TINY fraction of Massachusetts residents who apply for firearms licenses or identification cards are turned down, suggesting the state’s reputation for restricting gun use may be overstated. Just 1.8 percent of those who applied for Firearms Identification Cards (FID) and licenses to carry concealed weapons between 2010 and 2015 were rejected, according to(...)

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Gateway Cities preoccupied with panhandling

Gateway Cities preoccupied with panhandling

Towns say beggars are bad for business, public safety

IN NEW BEDFORD, the City Council considered requiring panhandlers to get licenses to ask for money in the city. Manchester, New Hampshire, banned the exchange of items of value between motorists and pedestrians. And Worcester and Lowell enacted ordinances aimed at cracking down on “aggressive panhandling,” which, among other things, banned soliciting in close proximity(...)

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