Top of the Hill: 7 of the biggest issues on tap for State House lawmakers | Massachusetts is on the verge of having a staggering 2 million of its residents enrolled in Medicaid. Now that adult use of marijuana is legal, lawmakers say they want to make changes to the 2016 voter law. MGM Springfield isn’t expected to open until 2018, and the Lottery — the main source of local aid to cities and towns — is showing its age. That’s just the beginning. Here’s a look at 7 of the top storylines to watch on Beacon Hill this session.
Business lobby warns against ‘emotionally appealing’ $15 per hour minimum wage | Thirty-four percent of the businesses that responded to surveys by Associated Industries of Massachusetts said they pay employees slightly more than $15 an hour but would have to increase pay to deal with wage compression if the state wage floor is raised. “Each dollar increase costs our company $1.5 million per year,” one executive said in the survey.
Editorial: On legal marijuana, take the time to get it right | Last Friday Gov. Baker signed into law a six-month delay in the implementation of retail sales of marijuana for adult recreational use. Proponents of legalized marijuana decried the delay. To those who think the Legislature should not weigh in and tweak the law, we ask, “What are you smoking?”
Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 125]: Legal marijuana has to chill out | Pot smokers and their circle of friends tend to have a well-earned reputation as a bunch of laid-back, easy-going folks. Rolling with the punches, in fact, is their second favorite thing to do that involves rolling. True story. But now their patience is being tested by a Legislature and administration seemingly bent at delaying the new law’s implementation at all costs. How long until the buzz of victory wears off and every little thing isn’t gonna be alright? Hitch has an idea.
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Hidden Gem: Uncle Jay’s Twisted Fork | Organic cooking and fresh ingredients generously flavored with vast experiences and a dollop of family influence are but a few of the attractions drawing local foodies-in-the-know to Uncle Jay’s Twisted Fork bistro in Cherry Valley — not to mention, making eccentric (and talented … and loud) chef/owner Jay Powell a local favorite. Giselle Rivera-Flores dishes with the burgeoning celebrity and gets the skinny on his recent hiatus.
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Inbox [Jan. 4]: $1.5M bond from MassDevelopment finances Guild of St. Agnes expansion, YWCA offers free visits until Jan. 14, WCAC announces new hire, Assumption talk gets global audience | Interesting and worthwhile things happen every day in our community. Alas, we can’t cover them all. That’s where Inbox comes in, to offer readers an easily digestible compilation of interesting and noteworthy items you and your neighbors keep telling us about. Have a release or a photo you or your group would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to email@example.com. 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.