Revised city budget includes additional money for summer jobs, custodians and libraries

An additional 200 summer jobs for youth and 42 Boston Public Schools custodial jobs would be saved under the new budget Mayor Thomas Menino released on Tuesday.  Read more

Library closures delayed as lawmakers keep pressing for keeping branches permanently open

The Menino administration and Boston Public Library trustees on Monday said the proposed closure of libraries would be delayed as more public input is gathered, and finally acknowledged that if they’re given additional money they will keep them open.

But Boston’s State House delegation of elected officials, pushing to keep the libraries open permanently, blasted trustees for the decision, saying it still leads to the libraries being closed.  Read more

In speech and song, St. Fleur bids House colleagues adieu

Marie St. Fleur: “The job can’t be done half-hearted.”Marie St. Fleur: “The job can’t be done half-hearted.”“Merci.” With that note of gratitude to her former colleagues on Beacon Hill, Marie St. Fleur this week brought an end to ten and a half years in the state House of Representatives. The Dorchester Democrat resigned Friday from her Fifth Suffolk District House seat and started her new job in City Hall the following Monday.

A few hours before she would give an emotional farewell speech, a State House custom afforded to outgoing legislators, to the 159 lawmakers gathered in the House chamber, St. Fleur sat down with the Reporter to reflect on her time in office, her new job as Mayor Thomas Menino’s chief of advocacy and strategic investment, her thoughts on a governor running for re-election and the candidates vying to succeed her.  Read more

Patrick, Cahill team up to blast Baker in radio debate

Jim O'Sullivan and Kyle Cheney, State House News Service
Jun. 16, 2010

BOSTON, JUNE 16, 2010……Republican Charles Baker took fire from both sides over his 10-year performance as a health insurance executive during Wednesday morning’s debate, as both Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick and Independent Treasurer Timothy Cahill ripped his role in overseeing steep premium increases.  Read more

Summary of St. Fleur's farewell speech to House of Representatives

From the State House News Service comes a summary of the remarks former state Rep. Marie St. Fleur made Tuesday to her former colleagues on the House floor.

St. Fleur this week started a job in the Menino administration as its chief of advocacy and strategic investment. She served in the Fifth Suffolk District seat for just over a decade, winning a special election in 1999.  Read more

Library commissioners step into debate over budget amendments

The state Board of Library Commissioners last week weighed in on the debate over amendments to the state budget aimed at preventing four library closures in Boston.  Read more

Unemployment Rate Is Slowly Recovering

In some statistical hocus pocus not as baffling as it looks, the US unemployment rate rose in April with job creation. It does, nevertheless, show how difficult it could be to get the unemployment rate back to normal following the recession. From 9.7 percent in march to 9.9 percent in April, the US unemployment rate rose in a jobs report released by the Labor department on Friday.  Read more

Coakley: Probe into Kineavy's email deletions almost done

Attorney General Martha Coakley expects to wrap up a review of whether a top City Hall official was potentially violating the state's public records law through the regular deletion of emails in “weeks, not months.”  Read more

Hearing on Caritas sale set for July 1 in Dot

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jun. 1, 2010

A hearing on the $830 million sale of the Caritas Christi hospital system is set for the Local 103 IBEW Hall on Freeport St., according to state Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office. The July 1 hearing, the last one of six slated to be held in each of the communities affected by the sale, starts at 6 p.m.  Read more

WEEKLY ROUNDUP: Outpartying the Tea Party

Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
May. 28, 2010

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MAY 28, 2010…….Well, that should pretty well shelve for a while any debate over the utility of newspapers.

The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team said hello Sunday, lighting up the state’s probation department as a workforce whose best opportunities for entrée and advancement lie not in what you know but whom. The exhaustive, 5,000-word piece held varying degrees of trouble for Independent Treasurer Timothy Cahill, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Speaker Pro Tempore Thomas Petrolati, and it induced instant results, the state’s top judges suspending Commissioner John O’Brien. After some red-faced shuffling, changes passed the Senate side Wednesday in the form of an emasculation of the commissioner’s office, with the potential for a complete gutting punted until October.  Read more