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NMCOG, communities land state grants

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Feb 17, 2013 By Allison Thomasseau, The Lowell Sun

Lowell-area towns and government groups have received more than $150,000 in community development grants to develop regional collaborations that will promote efficiency in transportation and stormwater management.

The state Executive Office of Administration and Finance’s community innovation challenge grants provided $2.25 million to 27 regional community projects statewide. The projects, involving 162 towns, aim to combine town services, such as 911 dispatching and property assessing services, into a regional collaboration.

“Whether you’re in a small town in a rural area or a big city in a metropolitan area, there are ways to partner, and these grants build on that,” Lt. Gov. Tim Murray said at a meeting of 75 grant recipients on Tuesday.

State budget plan analyzed in first hearing

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Feb 15, 2013 By Allison Thomasseau, The Lowell Sun

BOSTON — Legislators on the House and Senate Ways and Means Committee raised concerns about transportation equity, welfare regulation and elimination of critical tax breaks at the first hearing on next year’s budget Thursday.

The hearing was the first of eight scheduled over the next several weeks. The fifth hearing, which will focus on health and human services, will be in Fitchburg on Feb. 28.

House Ways and Means Chair Brian Dempsey, D-Haverhill, said the House has begun to analyze the governor’s budget proposal. The House plans to send its amended budget to the Senate in April.

Legislators react to Patrick tax plan

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Feb 7, 2013 By Allison Thomasseau, The Lowell Sun


BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick’s ambitious plan to raise $1.9 billion in new taxes is not generating much enthusiasm among Lowell-area lawmakers who want to reform inefficient programs instead of raising taxes.

“We need to continue a discussion on reform before we have a discussion on revenue, and that’s the consensus between my constituents and colleagues,” said Rep. Tom Golden, D-Lowell.

Patrick’s plan includes raising the income tax from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent and doubling personal-tax exemptions while cutting the sales tax from 6.25 percent to 4.5 percent.

Winslow near Senate run; Tarr considering

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Feb 6, 2013 By Allison Thomasseau, The Lowell Sun, Andy Metzger, State House News Service

Daniel Winslow




State Rep. Daniel Winslow talks to reporters at the Statehouse Tuesday. The Norfolk Republican said he is “99 percent” sure he will run for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by John Kerry. AP PHOTO

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Republican state Rep. Dan Winslow, a firebrand legislator with experience in the executive and judicial branches, announced Tuesday he is forming an exploratory committee and is “99 percent” sure he will run in the special election for former U.S. Sen. John Kerry’s seat.

Hours later, Massachusetts Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr announced he is considering a run, saying his decision “absolutely” would be made by next Monday if not sooner.

Two other Republicans, businessman and former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez and Dorchester resident Doug Bennett, have also announced interest in running.

Winslow, a two-term legislator, said it’s time for a fresh perspective in Washington.

Observers say Mass. GOP must rebuild from ground up

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Feb 2, 2013 By Allison Thomasseau, The Lowell Sun

BOSTON — With most eyes turned to former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown’s decision not to run in the special election to fill John Kerry’s Senate seat, some political observers are saying Massachusetts Republicans must pay more attention to rebuilding the local party rather than putting all their efforts into national races.

“They should recruit candidates to run for state Legislature, but often get sidetracked into flashy races that they almost always lose,” said Peter Ubertaccio, a political-science professor at Stonehill College in Easton

The sudden open spot for a Republican candidate created both consternation and opportunity for GOP leaders, including former Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei, who announced Friday evening that he is considering running in the U.S. Senate election.

Cowan’s appointment gets warm reception

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Jan 31, 2013 By Cole Chapman, The MetroWest Daily NewsThe State House Program

Although some area lawmakers were surprised by Gov. Deval Patrick’s pick of William “Mo” Cowan as Massachusetts’ interim U.S. senator, the general consensus is he could aid the state as a knowledgeable advocate in Washington.

“I think [Cowan’s] very well prepared from the point of view of knowing what we need and will hopefully be able to translate that knowledge for advocacy for the state on a federal level,” said state Rep. Alice Peisch, D-Wellesley, Wednesday after Patrick appointed his former chief of staff to fill the vacancy left by the appointment of U.S. Sen. John Kerry to secretary of state. Kerry held the Ssenate seat for 29 years.

Cowan’s name had not been mentioned prominently in the run up to Patrick’s announcement. Former congressman Barney Frank had openly sought the interim appointment and former Gov. William Weld had been mentioned as a possible appointee.

Everyone in Milton seems to know Sen. Brian Joyce

Monday, December 17th, 2012

By Edward Donga, Patriot Ledger

MILTON – Everyone in Milton knows Sen. Brian A. Joyce, or it at least seems that way.

Sitting outside the Plate, a local restaurant where he is a Friday-morning regular, Joyce wore a navy jacket over a light blue shirt to keep out the chill. Between bites of what he claimed is “the best egg sandwich in Massachusetts,” seven or eight passers-by stopped to say hello. A few others in cars beeped and waved as they passed.

Joyce wasn’t always as well-known. His first experience in politics was as a relative newcomer in the town that he now calls home, where he and his wife, Mary, are raising five children.

No shortage of political advice for Brown

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Outgoing senator has plenty of options on the table

By Jim Morrison, The Sun Chronicle

BOSTON – The most popular game of political speculation at the Statehouse these days is whether U.S. Sen. John Kerry lands a position in President Barack Obama’s administration.

The second most popular speculation is what U.S. Sen. Scott Brown should do if that happens.

“I believe Sen. Brown should and would seek election to the U.S. Senate,” said state Rep. Dan Winslow, R-Norfolk. “He proved an effective and courageous senator, willing to cross the partisan divide that is hurting our country. And if you don’t believe me, just watch the fiscal cliff debates.”

Local lawmakers deny role in Probation Department probe

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

By Katie Doyle, The Lowell Sun

As a federal grand jury continues to investigate the state Probation Department’s hiring and promotion practices, local lawmakers claim to know little about the investigation, saying they have not been asked to testify before the panel.

“The only thing I know is what I read in the papers,” said Rep. Cory Atkins, D-Concord, echoing the same answer given by a number of lawmakers, including Rep. Richard Bastien, R-Gardner, Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton and Rep. Jim Arciero, D-Westford.

All said they have not been asked to testify.

Milford area lawmakers setting new goals

Monday, November 19th, 2012

By Monique Scott, Milford Daily News

Two area state legislators — a freshman from Franklin and an Uxbridge Republican entering his sophomore season — are looking forward to a new legislative session with goals of job creation, election law changes and increased financial support to local towns.

The Milford area will also see a new voice in Congress, U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, whose agenda of economic revival and bipartisanship echo the themes of his state colleagues.

“I want to get the economy moving,” Kennedy said in a recent interview.