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

Getting things started in Fifth Suffolk

Who are the candidates to watch for in the race for the Fifth Suffolk seat in the state House of Representatives? Which one is attempting to repurchase his home after foreclosure? And which candidate completely threw him under the bus on that through a response to questions she would take from a reporter only via fax?  Read more

Editorial-Menino, appointees add insult to injury in Lower Mills

Tom Menino’s mission to shutter perfectly good neighborhood libraries took another unfortunate turn this week. The mayor’s office — in collaboration with his appointees at the Boston Public Library — orchestrated a farce of a meeting at Carney Hospital on Monday evening in which they gathered “stakeholders” to discuss how they might “transition services” once Menino shutters the Richmond Street branch.  Read more

BPL task force yields meeting to Lower Mills closure foes

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
May. 25, 2010

Supporters of the Lower Mills branch library on Monday night pushed back against the forming of a Boston Public Library task force to handle “transitioning of services” as the City Council weighs Mayor Thomas Menino’s proposal to close the Richmond St. building.

Some of the sharpest criticism, directed at Boston Public Library officials who had gathered the task force at Caritas Carney Hospital, came from state Sen. Jack Hart. “I think we’re heading in the wrong direction here,” said Hart, a South Boston Democrat.  Read more

Weekly Round-Up: 'Beloved of the People'

Recap and analysis of the week in state government
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State's job growth in April biggest in 17 years

Jim O'Sullivan, State House News Service
May. 20, 2010

Gov. Deval Patrick, who has blamed steep job losses on unprecedented global economic forces, swiftly claimed credit Thursday for the state’s largest monthly payroll growth in 17 years, pointing to his economic policies as the driver behind the 19,100 new jobs.

With the heftiest gains in the professional, scientific and business services sector, the unemployment rate dropped from 9.3 percent in March to 9.2 percent in April. Construction firms added the largest percentage increase for the month, growing 3.8 percent with 3,900 new positions, after a loss of 400 in March.  Read more