Dorchesterâ€™s state Senate delegation split last week in a vote on whether to eliminate Evacuation and Bunker Hill Days, holidays that are recognized only in Suffolk County. Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Jamaica Plain) voted to remove the two days as holidays, while Sen. Jack Hart (D-South Boston) led the charge to keep them. Read more
Senators wasted little time last week attempting to restore programs that were slated for cuts under their version of the fiscal 2010 budget. After signing off on a 25 percent sales tax hike, Senate lawmakers also quietly approved giving cities and towns to levy additional taxes on meals.
Gov. Deval Patrick had long been pushing â€“ and continuously rebuffed by the Legislature â€“ local options taxes, which have the support of schools and municipalities that say they are starved for revenues. The taxes are expected to bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. Read more
With a January special election fast-approaching to fill a vacant State Senate seat, Dorchester political activists remain unsure about whether or not the neighborhood can- or should- field a candidate in the race.
State Rep. John A. Hart of South Boston has already announced his intention to seek election to the First Suffolk seat left vacant by now Congressman Stephen Lynch. A primary election will be held on January 15 and a final, run-off election is set for February 2002. Read more