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A New Source of State Revenue?

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

By Edward Donga and Lexi Salazar
The Boston University Statehouse Program

The term “green economy” could take on a new meaning with the Massachusetts’ medical marijuana law. State coffers may be enriched by administrative fees. New business opportunities could mean more jobs and tax income.

And that may only be the start. The numbers could get much larger if Massachusetts follows a future path to legalizing pot for recreational use.

“Certainly, some people will get jobs and there will be some revenue from the sale of marijuana,” said Harvard University economist Jeffrey Miron, a longtime advocate for the legalization of marijuana. “Exactly how that works out, whether it’s a lot or a little, depends exactly on how it’s implemented.”

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.

Buckley reelected by landslide as Plymouth County register of deeds

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

By Edward Donga, Patriot Ledger

BROCKTON — Plymouth County Register of Deeds John Buckley Jr. rode a landside to victory on Tuesday over GOP opponent Anthony O’Brien Sr., a Plymouth County Commissioner.

Buckley, 55, of Brockton, a former Plymouth County commissioner, received big support in his home city, where he crushed O’Brien, 52, of Pembroke, by almost 20,000 votes. The trouncing in Brockton gave Buckley an 82 percent to 18 percent margin of victory in the city to secure his third six-year term as register.

The race was closer in Plymouth, where the registry’s main office is located, with Buckley winning by just under 3,000 votes against O’Brien, the county’s commissioner for the last four years.

Financial Issues Attract More Funding, Ads.

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

By Edward Donga

The simple rule of ballot issue campaigns comes down to this: The deeper the pockets and the higher the financial stakes, the louder the buzz.

A 2006 ballot question on the sale of beer and wine in food stores saw the two combatants, liquor store owners and food store chains, spend a total of $11 million on campaigns that included a non-stop stream of television ads.

This year’s questions on assisted suicide and medical marijuana – important social issues with little financial impact – have drawn fewer donations, less spending and muted advertising campaigns limited to a few weeks before the vote.

Brockton, Stoughton students join Governor Patrick at anti-bullying event

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

By Edward Donga, Patriot Ledger

BOSTON – Students from Brockton and Stoughton were among the 100 Massachusetts teens who joined Gov. Deval Patrick for a rally Thursday to raise awareness about bullying in schools.

“Stand up, show up and we as adults owe you young people the certainty that, when you do, we will have your back, that we will stand up, too, and not look the other way,” Patrick told the high school and middle school students, who wore black “Blackout Bullying” T-shirts as they marched from Boston Common to the Statehouse.

The rally began at a downtown theater for the screening of the movie “Bully,” a documentary about bullying in schools across the United States, before marching to the Statehouse, where Patrick proclaimed October to be Bullying Prevention Month.

MBTA’s mobile ticketing program gathers steam

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

By Edward Donga, Patriot Ledger

CAMBRIDGE – Commuter rail riders across eastern Massachusetts will soon be able to match the tap-and-go simplicity their subway- and bus-riding counterparts enjoy with Charlie Cards.

The MBTA began a pilot program recently in which owners of smartphone – iPhones, Androids or BlackBerrys – are able to download a free application allowing them to buy train tickets electronically. The mobile ticketing program started last month with about 100 riders on the Old Colony and Greenbush lines.

Masabi, a British company that has produced similar apps for English rail systems, has developed the app for use in Massachusetts. It allows users to purchase one or more tickets on their smartphones using a credit card. After a ticket is purchased, an onboard train conductor verifies it.

Report offers strategies to grow jobs in Mass.

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

By Edward Donga, Patriot Ledger

BOSTON – A new job-creation report says the state’s employment picture could be improved by lowering business costs, investing in infrastructure, supporting public education, and coordinating workforce training programs and job search resources.

Legislators, government officials and labor representatives joined at the State House on Wednesday to present the long-awaited report, which laid out plans for growing jobs in the state.

Those plans can’t come soon enough for some South Shore communities.

Suffolk University panel: Fight against gangs requires more than police

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

By Edward Donga, Patriot Ledger

BOSTON – Public safety experts say the fight against gang activity needs to go beyond police action to include a variety of tools, from tracking education and health care for at-risk youths to family counseling and street intervention.

“What we know from research and from practice is that making decisions based on data and attacking issues like this through a multidisciplinary approach works best,” Suffolk University professor Brenda Bond said at a seminar attended by police, politicians, and academics on Tuesday.

Bond led the discussion along with Erika Gebo her co-author of “Looking Beyond Suppression: Community Strategies to Reduce Gang Violence,” a book chronicling the success of Massachusetts communities using a Shannon Community Safety Initiative grant to combat local gang violence.

Former right-to-repair foes now united against Question 1

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

By Edward Donga, Patriot Ledger

BOSTON – Auto dealers and repair shop owners were once on opposing sides of a bitter dispute over the access to repair data for newer cars. Now the two groups have come together to urge voters to ignore a ballot initiative in November.

Both sides met Thursday at the State House with top state legislators to present a unified front in asking voters to skip Question 1 when they vote.

“We need to let people know that when people go to the ballot box in November, and people should still vote, they have the information necessary to decide if they want to skip Question 1,” said Arthur Kinsman, a spokesperson for the Massachusetts Right to Repair Committee.