Category Archives: State News

Speaker Deleo Throws Out Some Cold Water

Governor Deval Patrick has put out a very ambitious agenda for his last two years, with a centerpiece being his proposal to raise $1.9 billion in additional revenue to bring new resources to education and transportation. With Speaker Robert Deleo … Continue reading

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Gaming in Salem, Mitigation in Methuen?

Today’s Tribune has an outstanding story on a new study by the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies on the impacts of gaming in New Hampshire, and the potential impacts on the budget, social impacts, how New Hampshire revenues … Continue reading

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Steve Lynch in Methuen

U.S. Representative Steve Lynch stopped in Methuen yesterday to talk with residents and supporters at Park Garden Apartments to talk about his candidacy for U.S. Senate. Rep. Lynch talked about his commitment to seniors, and Medicare and Social Security specifically. … Continue reading

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U.S. Senate Polling Shows Tight Race

One group of folks that certainly must be delighted by all of the Massachusetts election activities has to be the polling community. Here in Massachusetts there certainly has been no down time for them. With the upcoming Special Election for … Continue reading

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States and Localities Continue to See Large Health Care Cost Increases

A new analysis by the Pew Project for the States shows that while health care costs nationally are rising at a slower rate the costs for local and state governments are rising at double digit rates, and consuming an ever … Continue reading

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Storm Management

Having a bit of storm management myself I think that Governor Patrick did an outstanding job of managing the state response to the great storm of 2013. The Governor has a strong record in managing natural disasters, and his performance … Continue reading

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Massachusetts House Passes Supplemental Budget

The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a supplemental budget this week which added some spending, and dealt with the Patrick Administration’s request to deal with a $550 million dollar shortfall in this budget cycle. The House declined to accept the … Continue reading

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Job Poaching Between States.Tax Incentives Gone Wild!

There has been much talk on Beacon Hill about the existence of tax expenditures in the state budget, and the desire to get rid of some of the less productive ones. I have done one earlier post on tax expenditures, … Continue reading

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NRA Delusions on Background Checks

NRA V.P. Wayne LaPierre appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, and despite his personal endorsement of background checks many years earlier LaPierre and the NRA have dug in hard against those background checks today.Chris Wallace grilled LaPierre on … Continue reading

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What If They Had an Election and No (Republicans) Came

The list of Massachusetts GOP luminaries heading for the exits as potential candidates for U.S. Senate seems to grow by the hour. We had Scott Brown, batting lead-off, shocking the Party (but not me) by announcing he would not run. … Continue reading

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