Get ready to cheer for the Woosox
Worcester, a Gateway City on its way up, appears poised to spend some of its hard-won capital to land the Red Sox triple-A affiliate, which will be nicknamed the Woosox.
Worcester officials have been tight-lipped to this point about how much money they intend to put up to lure the Woosox to town, but the package is likely to be as expensive as what Pawtucket and Rhode Island were offering for a new stadium. Legislation approved by the Rhode Island legislature in June required the team to put up $45 million, with another $38 million coming from unusual special revenue bonds financed with state and local tax revenues generated by the stadium and development in the surrounding area.
While Rhode Island officials struggled to find an acceptable package to keep the team in Pawtucket, the Baker administration has been very supportive of Worcester’s bid for the team, although the governor never committed to any direct funding for a stadium.
“What we’ve said to the city is, you tell us how you want to frame your approach to supporting this economic opportunity, and we will then work to support you on the way you are chasing your opportunity,” Baker said. “We’d love to hit this one out of the park,” Polito added. “And if we get to that point where we need to be the closer, that is something that we would be considering very seriously.”
Worcester spent close to $200,000 between September and April on the consulting services of Andrew Zimbalist, an economics professor at Smith College, and Jeffrey Mullan and Erik Schulwolf of the Foley Hoag law firm. Mullan is a former state secretary of transportation.
Zimbalist, who helped lead opposition to Boston’s bid for the Olympics, was along earlier this month when Pawsox chairman Larry Lucchino and officials from the team and league toured the Canal District, where the new stadium could be located.
Lawrence police crack down on prostitution by arresting 15 people, most of them prostitutes. (Eagle-Tribune)
Boston officials say they hope to raise $10 million from philanthropies to establish 200 housing units for people who have been part of the city’s long-term homeless population. (Boston Herald)
New Bedford city councilors are looking at expanding aquaculture permits to allow oyster farming, adding another crown to the Whaling City’s reputation as the scallop capital. (Standard-Times)
President Trump canceled his big military parade, blaming DC officials after the estimated cost ballooned to $92 million by Pentagon estimates. (New York Times)
Even the conservative National Review raises constitutional concerns Trump’s power to revoke the security clearances of his critics.
In the increasingly nasty primary race for secretary of state, CommonWealth analyzes the flimsy evidence William Galvin used to smear Josh Zakim. Both candidates are taking to the airwaves with ads attacking the other. (Boston Globe)
The Boston Herald endorses Greg Henning in the five-way Democratic primary for Suffolk County district attorney.
Democrats have a 74.6 percent chance of taking control of the US House. (FiveThirtyEight)
Some policy differences emerged during a debate between Democratic primary gubernatorial candidates Bob Massie and Jay Gonzalez. The candidates took different positions on taxes, congestion pricing, and rent control. (MassLive) Scot Lehigh says both candidates have touted costly new initiatives, but credits Gonzalez with being a little more specific than Massie about how they might be paid for. (Boston Globe)
Gov. Charlie Baker is headlining a fundraiser for Rep. Jim Lyons, a conservative firebrand in the House. Jay Gonzalez, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Baker, called Baker’s support for Lyons “reprehensible.” (Eagle-Tribune)
Incumbent Rep. Rady Mom of Lowell comes under fire on education funding and his record at a debate with his Democratic primary challengers. (Lowell Sun) Meanwhile, the Democrats runnings to replace Eileen Donoghue in the Senate mix it up over a ballot question that would mandate nurse staffing levels at hospitals. (Lowell Sun)
Rockland will hold a special election on November 6, the same day as statewide voting, to replace the two selectmen who resigned in the wake of a sex scandal that rocked the town. (Patriot Ledger)
Employers appear to be resorting more frequently to lockouts when union workers strike, a development that is giving management a stronger hand in a climate where union membership continues to fall. (Boston Globe)
Facebook’s birthday fundraising tool, which lets users designate a nonprofit for friends to donate to to mark their birthdays, raised more than $300 million for charities last year. (Chronicle of Philanthropy)
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said in an emotional interview the turmoil at his electric car company, caused in part by his tweet about taking the company private, has taken a toll on his mental and physical health. He cautioned “the worst is yet to come.” (New York Times)
President Trump called on regulators to let companies report earnings and other information to the public less frequently. (Washington Post)
A Globe editorial criticizes the Walsh administration for not laying out its priorities in looming contract negotiations with the Boston Teachers Union.
Boston Children’s Hospital constructs a penis for a transgender man, a first in Massachusetts. (WBUR)
Globe columnist Nestor Ramos decries opposition to supervised injection sites for IV drug addicts as callous — and deadly — and singles out US Attorney Andrew Lelling, who Ramos says is ignoring the evidence that such sites saves lives.
Premiums for those buying coverage through the state’s Health Connector will rise by a fairly modest 4.2 percent next year. (Boston Globe)
Steward Health Care is closing Northside Regional Medical Center in Youngstown, Ohio, just five months after acquiring the facility. (The Vindicator)
Purdue Pharma’s sales pitch for Oxycontin tried to allay addiction worries. “Fear should not stand in the way of relief of your pain, the pitch said. (Kaiser Health News)
The Worcester Regional Transit Authority said it won’t cut bus routes to reduce costs, but instead will use increased state aid and hoped-for higher revenues from advertising and stronger ridership to close a budget deficit. (Telegram & Gazette)
Los Angeles says it will become the first city to use body scanners on subways. (Governing)
NEPOOL, a key behind-the-scenes player in New England’s regulation of electricity markets, is seeking federal regulatory approval to bar reporters from its meetings. (CommonWealth)
An inspection report from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission fund that workers at Pilgrim power plant violated federal regulations 19 times limiting hours employees can work in nuclear plants in the course of days and weeks. (Cape Cod Times)
Tens of thousands of defendants convicted of drunken driving in the state could seek new trials that would exclude the potentially flawed breathalyzer evidence used against them in their initial trial under a proposed deal negotiated by defense attorneys and the state’s 11 district attorneys. (Boston Globe)
A Suffolk Superior Court judge said the identity of a man who has filed a civil suit against against former state Senate president Stan Rosenberg and his husband, Bryon Hefner, can be kept secret at least until the start of the trial. (Boston Globe)
Of the 31 states with a death penalty, 10 of them have not used it in at least 10 years, including New Hampshire which last executed a felon in 1939. (U.S. News & World Report)
MEDIAPresident Trump ripped the Boston Globe and other papers that banded together to publish editorials yesterday criticizing his attacks on the media. (Boston Globe) John Diaz of the San Francisco Chronicle explains why his paper’s editorial page didn’t join the Boston Globe’s coordinated campaign pushing back against President Trump’s attacks on the media.
The Boston Herald laid off most of its advertising reps. (Boston Business Journal)