July 19, 2017

Worcester Sun, July 19: Baker vetoes hit hard in Worcester, 20 percent tax on legal pot + much more

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Gov. Charlie Baker

Baker cuts $320M from budget, digs in on MassHealth reform [+ video] |  Gov. Charlie Baker planned to sign a budget for fiscal 2018 that includes $39.4 billion in spending after he vetoed $320 million from the plan, and went even further than House and Senate budget negotiators to revise tax revenue projections downward for this year by $749 million.

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Baker’s budget vetoes hit Worcester hard |  By the time Gov. Charlie Baker was through cutting more than $320 million and adjusting tax revenue projections, the Legislature’s proposed $40.2 billion plan had been reined in to a $39.4 billion package — and eight of the 14 “budget priorities” totaling $535,000 in funds highlighted by the city’s delegation were among the vetoes.

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House Majority Leader Ron Mariano and Sen. Pat Jehlen, lead negotiators on the Legislature’s compromise marijuana bill, explained details of the final bill Monday afternoon alongside fellow conferees.

Marijuana deal includes 20 percent tax, significant shifts from ballot law [+ video] |  In addition to hiking the tax rate and altering the composition of the panel that will oversee the budding industry, the compromise also calls for an unusual strategy: linking the mechanism for banning future marijuana shops to how communities voted on the marijuana ballot law last year. Legislative leaders said the bill keeps retail marijuana shops on track for a July 2018 opening.

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Patti J. Foley has Foley & Son Fish and Chips going strong in their 50th year.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 181]: Charlie Baker and sanctuary status |  Even his detractors would have to admit, Charlie Baker has had a pretty decent run as governor of the Bay State. The Republican’s ability to work with a deep blue Legislature has earned him accolades nationwide — just this week a poll found him to be America’s most popular governor. Of course a good deal of his detractors belong to the GOP and they’re not so enthusiastic about Baker’s bipartisan attitude toward issues like health care and immigration. Hitch explores the schism.

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Pouring a glass of wine could soon be cheaper in Mass. — but what is the real cost?

Editorial: The war against mom-and-pop package stores |  A battle looms over state liquor regulations. It is being led by Total Wine & More, the country’s largest beer, wine and booze retailer. But is the push really to make state laws more “consumer friendly?”

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Jen Burtt of Leicester has come a long way since a harrowing car accident changed her life in more ways than one.

Survival training: One woman’s story of perseverance |  A terrible car accident in 2010 was life-altering for a Leicester woman who refused to allow her fate to keep her from pursuing something better. Rehabilitation led to an epiphany, which led to a career change — and that turned out to be Jenn Burtt’s saving grace. She lost her friend that harrowing night, but through it all she finally found herself.

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The Ninety Nine on West Boylston Street wrote a big check for Norrback Avenue School.

Inbox [July 19]: News and notes from Loyal Techs, Ninety Nine restaurant, Community Harvest Project, Clemente Course Worcester and YWCA Central Mass. |  Have news you or your group would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to info@worcester.ma. 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.

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