June 14, 2017

Worcester Sun, June 14: Lawmakers ready to fire up pot regulations, union unrest at Holy Name and SPM + much more

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The Marijuana Policy Committee was co-chaired by Rep. Mark Cusack and Sen. Patricia Jehlen.

Sources: House leaders roll out 18.75 percent tax rate in revised recreational marijuana law regulations |  The new tax structure for recreational marijuana, which would increase the rate by 6.75 points from the maximum 12 percent tax imposed by the ballot law, would put Massachusetts somewhere in the middle of rates among the eight states that have legalized recreational marijuana.

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Ronnie Caldwell Jr. met actor Brandon T. Jackson while on vacation Puerto Rico in 2014 — since then, Caldwell has turned himself into a “celebrity barber.”

Letter to the editor

Sun Mail: After years of negotiations, Worcester Central Catholic School teachers plan protest to urge fair compensation |  “Since 2010, the central office has offered only four step increases, and has not agreed to a cost-of-living increase during any of those years. It is DELTA’s hope that the central office will recognize the need for meaningful change and come to a salary agreement that will begin to fairly compensate their teachers, thereby ensuring that the students in the Catholic schools continue to benefit.”

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 171]: Worcester budget writers are a cut above |  The city’s spending plan for fiscal 2018 comes with a healthy bottom line of about $632 million, some $13 million more than last year. That, of course, after those intrepid souls on the City Council bravely hacked a whopping $622,112 from the city manager’s original proposal. While a large majority of the new spending will go to schools, many observers decried the lack of scrutiny on how their tax dollars are spent. Hitch takes a little off the top to get to the bottom of this.

Editorial: Raising taxes by constitutional amendment |  If all goes as expected today, a constitutional amendment to raise taxes on incomes in excess of $1 million will be on the state ballot in 2018. The state’s current budget crisis and future obligations merit discussion of increasing taxes, but is a constitutional amendment really the right way to proceed?

Sam Doran / State House News Service

Pete Frates took part in an Ice Bucket Challenge on the front steps of the State House in 2015 with Gov. Charlie Baker and other state officials.

Ice Bucket Challenge Week would mark Frates’ impact on ALS research |  Before the Ice Bucket Challenge raised awareness of ALS “the state of the disease had been stagnant for 150 years,” Nancy Frates, Pete’s mother, told state legislators. But the campaign has raised more than $250 million for ALS research and has hastened the development of a treatment, she said.

Free to read

Cosmopolitan Club endures ever-changing landscape |  While not much has stayed the same on Grafton Hill over the last 80 years or so, there’s always been one surefire place you could go to meet a friend — maybe even your future spouse — have a beer and a laugh, and let all those changes wash away for an hour or two. The Cosmo is always looking for its next generation of regulars and makes for a perfect fit in our Survivor Series, which showcases Worcester small businesses standing the test of time.

Inbox [June 14]: News and notes from Worcester Historical Museum, Worcester Center for Crafts, Assumption, WPI and Worcester Public Library |  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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