Politics

Gov. Patrick proposes new emergency budget

In the midst of a deteriorating economy, Gov. Deval Patrick released his Emergency Recovery Plan Wednesday, which includes a proposed $27.97 billion budget for the 2010 fiscal year and a 2009 mid-fiscal year ‘fix’.

DiMasi resigns

Speaker of the House Salvatore DiMasi (D-North End) delivered his farewell address Tuesday afternoon asking House members to put aside their differences so they can work together to tackle the state’s and nation’s mounting financial troubles.

by · January 28, 2009 · 0 comments · News, Politics

Obama gets green in the White House

President Barack Obama arrived in the Oval Office last Tuesday with a beaker full of issues before him. Researchers have been excited for the new direction in which President Obama vows to take science policy since he was Candidate Obama. With the the president urging transportation officials to improve greenhouse emissions for automobiles on Mondays, the administration is already making science a focus in their first week on the job.

Salvatore DiMasi will resign as Speaker

Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi (D-North End) announced Sunday night that he plans to resign from the Legislature Tuesday and forfeit one of the state’s most powerful positions amidst controversy.

by · January 26, 2009 · 0 comments · News, Politics

Patrick addresses cuts, future of Mass.

Governor Deval Patrick reminded residents and legislators of the state’s accomplishments in the last year while warning them of future economic challenges in his annual State of the Commonwealth address Thursday evening.

Patrick proposes steep state cuts

Massachusetts state lawmakers are facing an increasing deficit of more than $1 billion and taking drastic measures to balance the budget for fiscal year 2010, officials said.

Ross voted City Council president

City Councilor Michael Ross vowed to make City Council more open to the public and take immediate action to counteract the financial crises facing Boston residents after council members unanimously voted him City Council president on Monday.

by · January 5, 2009 · 0 comments · City, News, Politics

Up in smoke

Nearly two weeks after voters overwhelmingly approved Question 2, a measure to decriminalize possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, police groups that have publicly opposed the measure have their own follow-up: Why bother?

by · November 17, 2008 · 0 comments · News, Politics

Health care gets mixed prognosis

More than two years have passed since Massachusetts became the first state to mandate near-universal health care, and two studies evaluating the program thus far suggest the experiment has been met with mixed results.

by · November 10, 2008 · 1 comment · National, News, Politics

Income tax upheld; pot penalties cut

In addition to voting for the next U.S. president, Massachusetts’ voters answered three questions at the polls Tuesday to keep the state income tax, decriminalize marijuana and ban greyhound gambling.

by · November 5, 2008 · 1 comment · News, Politics