$40.3B House spending plan brings fiscal 2018 budget battles into focus | The plan landed amid another period of budget uncertainty with state tax collections trailing estimates this fiscal year by $220 million despite a relatively healthy economy. Highlights, lowlights and takeways from those who wrote the budget bill and could be impacted by it.
Editorial: Want to make Worcester a better place? Step up by stepping out | With Earth Day cleanups behind us and good weather ahead, we consider the role parks and other public places have on the city’s collective well-being. With the city and civic groups such as Park Spirit leading the way, a better Worcester is closer than you think.
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- Area artist molds a new career, city narrative with Mugged in Worcester
- Mariano: The man nobody wants but every neighborhood needs
- Worcester teachers union wins PCB battle, begins testing at Burncoat, Doherty
- Sina-cism: ‘Coming Apart,’ at Middlebury and elsewhere
- State’s highest court hears arguments for and against ICE immigration detainers
Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 153]: Death, taxes and the American dream | It won’t be long now before the last of your procrastinating friends puts the finishing touches on their 1040A and hustles it into government hands just under the wire. Sure, new services and technology make the daunting process a little easier every year, but then, the more things change the more they stay the same. Right? And those government hands — they’ll always be looking for more. Hitch has a few tips to get you through this and many Aprils to come.
Free to read! | What if … Worcester
Martian returns home: Native-born astronaut spent 185 days on Red Planet | “After working for several years as a veterinarian, Dr. Riham Ahmadi was accepted to NASA’s astronaut training program in 2064. Ahmadi’s parents were one of 73 families who immigrated to Worcester during the Syrian Crisis of 2013-19.” Author BJ Hill takes us on a fantastic, fictional voyage into the possibilities of a not-too-distant tomorrow in the latest installment of What if … Worcester, the Sun’s serial glimpse into the future.
Retirement board renews push to halt pensions paid to teachers with child pornography convictions | The system’s executive director, Erika Glaster, asked the Legislature’s Public Service Committee Tuesday to once again report favorably on legislation that would effectively prohibit teachers convicted of possession of child pornography from receiving their pension payments.
Inbox [April 12]: Music Worcester showcases Bach, City that Reads starts book drive, Clark prof pens Nazi tome, YWCA offers domestic violence support, malls herald Caring Bunny | Have news you or your group would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include a link to the full release on your site or Facebook page so we can include it and send Sun members your way.