Posted inEconomy

Virus notes: Budget roundtable tripped up by livestream failure 

IT WAS AN inauspicious start to the effort to reckon with the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic on state revenue and the implications for the current fiscal year as well as the 2021 budget.  A virtual economic roundtable scheduled by state budget writers for Tuesday morning was delayed by a week after the Legislature […]

Posted inHealth Care

Virus notes: Unusually high amount of deaths in Franklin Cty

DATA FROM THE MASSACHUSETTS Department of Public Health indicate an unusually high number of COVID-19 fatalities are occurring in Franklin County. Three new deaths were reported in Friday’s report, bringing to 11 the number of people who have died of COVID-19 in Franklin County. That would place Franklin seventh among the state’s 13 counties in […]

Posted inCriminal Justice

Only 6 guards affected by ‘unauthorized memo’

AN UNAUTHORIZED and now rescinded memo initiating a moratorium on suspensions and disciplinary hearings for correction officers to ease staffing concerns during the current coronavirus crisis would have only affected six guards in the state’s prisons, according to the Department of Correction. The low number – the state has a total of 3,500 correction officers […]

Posted inPolitics

Biden spent nothing on Boston TV ads

THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL candidates spent $26.4 million on television advertising in the Boston market running up to the New Hampshire and Super Tuesday primaries this year, but the figure that really jumps out is zero. That’s how much Joe Biden, the winner of the Massachusetts primary, spent on advertising on Boston stations. Data filed with […]

Posted inEducation

UMass football thrown for big losses

WHEN THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS opted to enter major college football in 2012, officials pitched the idea that the program would pay for itself over time, even bolstering non-revenue sports at the school through national television appearances, bowl invitations, and sold-out games at home with brand-name teams visiting on glorious fall weekends in New England. […]

Posted inUncategorized

Commissioner abstains on most pot license votes

THE MOST IMPORTANT ROLE for the state’s five-member Cannabis Control Commission is, arguably, its mandate to vote on granting recreational marijuana licenses, without which there can be no growing, manufacturing, or, most importantly, sales. But Commissioner Shaleen Title has not cast a vote on the vast majority of final licenses issued by the board, the […]