Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Kay Lazar and Matt Rocheleau Globe Staff August 13, 2018 Internal affairs investigators for the Massachusetts State Police spent much of 2014 searching for evidence that two troopers were secretly escorting funeral processions and taking cash under the table.What they stumbled on went far beyond that. They discovered the two members of troubled Troop E had routinely filed for more than 30 hours a week in overtime and paid details, but, according to the investigators, didn’t work the entire shifts, and sometimes no part of them at all.Yet the apparent overtime abuse never made it into the investigators’ final report, which concluded only that the officers had wrongly freelanced a few funeral procession escorts. Advertisement The 2014 instance was just one of many red flags signaling potential payroll fraud in the state’s largest law enforcement … [Read more...] about For years, Massachusetts State Police officials had warning signs of today’s payroll scandals
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Adrian Walker Globe Columnist August 12, 2018 Will 2018 be a year of political change in Massachusetts — or simply a close call for the status quo? That question looms in races for office from the federal to the local, from the high-stakes Seventh Congressional race pitting longtime incumbent Michael Capuano against City Councilor Ayanna Pressley of Boston to the race for the next Suffolk County district attorney. Less than a month before the Democratic primaries — the de facto Election Day in many races here — the appetite for sweeping change evident in other places is far less evident. Maybe that’s a product of a contented electorate. Maybe voters will shock the pollsters on Sept. 4. But the wave, if there is one, feels far offshore at this point. Advertisement One case in point is the Capuano-Pressley race, in which Capuano continues … [Read more...] about Is change coming to Massachusetts politics this fall? Or maybe not so much?
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts shoppers are welcoming the state’s first sales tax holiday in three years. A law approved by the Legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker waives the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax Saturday and Sunday on most things sold in retail stores. Items excluded from the sales tax holiday include tobacco products, restaurant meals, motor vehicles and anything that costs more than $2,500. The tax-free weekend is welcomed by many merchants around the state who see it as providing a boost during an otherwise slow summer sales period. Critics say it costs the state badly-needed tax revenue. The National Federation of Independent Small Businesses is urging shoppers to take advantage of the sales tax holiday by making their purchases at smaller, Main Street stores. Close The biggest headlines, delivered to your inbox Get news as it happens. Sign up for Boston.com's email news alerts. Thanks for signing up! … [Read more...] about Shoppers, retailers enjoy tax-free weekend in Massachusetts
Updated 9:33 am PDT, Sunday, August 12, 2018 Photo: Gillian Jones, AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2016, file photo, visitors enjoy the clear view east into Adams, Mass., from the summit of Mount Greylock with the Massachusetts Veterans War Memorial Tower. The Berkshire Eagle reported that the Veterans War Memorial Tower has been honored by the 100 Cities/100 Memorials program, jointly run by the World War I Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago. (Gillian Jones/The Berkshire Eagle via AP, File) less FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2016, file photo, visitors enjoy the clear view east into Adams, Mass., from the summit of Mount Greylock with the Massachusetts Veterans War Memorial Tower. The Berkshire Eagle reported ... more Photo: Gillian Jones, AP Massachusetts World … [Read more...] about Massachusetts World War I monument gets national recognition
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., on Thursday released a survey of Massachusetts educators, parents, and other school officials discussing what the federal government should do to reduce gun violence in schools. Among the poll results: 69.3 percent of the respondents said they were "very concerned" about gun violence in schools. Another 18.5 percent said they were somewhat concerned. 79.4 percent strongly disagree that arming teachers would help reduce the risk of school gun violence. Another 8.3 percent said they disagreed, but not strongly. 90.6 percent believe that improving access to mental health services would make schools safer. Nearly 70 percent said that stronger gun regulation could reduce school gun violence. 57 percent “strongly agreed” or agreed that teachers, students, and other school officials should receive training on neutralizing active shooters and receiving first aid. 43.3 percent said federal, state, and local … [Read more...] about Sen. Warren Releases Massachusetts Survey on Reducing Gun Violence in Schools