September 26, 2017

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CCC Chairman Steven Hoffman

State of Politics is an occasional collection of news and notes from on and around Beacon Hill compiled from the latest reports by State House News Service.

CCC HOPES TO INTERVIEW DIRECTOR FINALISTS OCT. 17

The Cannabis Control Commission aims to hire an executive director to run the marijuana oversight agency by mid-October and has pledged to conduct public interviews of the finalists.

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“This is an incredibly important job,” said CCC Chair Steven Hoffman, who is serving as acting/interim executive director. “We’re going to run an expeditious process to hire a full-time executive director, but we’re going to do it the right way. It’s going to be public, we’re going to allow applications from whomever might be interested and we will do what we can in open commission meetings.”

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The commission approved a job description for the executive director Tuesday and set out a timeline to hire that person. Resumes for the position are due to the CCC by Oct. 3 and the commission expects to conduct public interviews with between two and four finalists on Oct. 17.

“It’s quick, but we want to move expeditiously,” Hoffman said. “Hopefully a week is enough time for people interested in this job to decide if they want to go through this process.”

Hoffman also announced at Tuesday’s meeting that the CCC will hold weekly meetings from here on out, usually at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Hoffman has said he wants the commission to hold meetings and listening sessions around the state. A full calendar of events is expected on the CCC’s website by Wednesday.

— Colin A. Young

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MASS. TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM INADEQUATE, SENATE REPORT SAYS

More than 80 percent of people who participated in nine Senate workshops around the state indicated they believe the transportation system in Massachusetts is not in good shape, according to a MassMoves report released Tuesday.

Participants favor additional investment in transportation, “slightly favoring broad general taxes over targeted user fees,” according to the report, which said more than 700 citizens engaged in the workshops. Ninety-four percent of participants said transportation needs to be a higher priority for elected officials.

“Massachusetts does not currently have a transportation infrastructure adequate to support its economy, or economic growth for the long haul,” the report said, adding that Bay State drivers waste multiple days each year in traffic.

“Our public transportation system has been unable to keep pace with increasing demand, and the lack of sustainable funding mechanism means the system will continue to fall well short of a ‘state of good repair,’ ” the report said.

The report was released hours after the release a Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation report that also found significant problems in the state’s transportation system and called for the formation of an independent commission to conduct a full review.

— Michael P. Norton

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