January 24, 2018

Worcester Sun, Jan. 24: Chandler on Rosenberg probe, Cannabiz, Hitch on Worcester rubbish + more

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Chandler satisfied with track of Rosenberg ethics probe |  “I don’t have any problem with the integrity of the investigation,” the Worcester Democrat and acting Senate president said this week. “I think that the Ethics Committee is doing exactly what they’re supposed to do. … As long as this building is not a safe place for [everybody], then it’s not safe for us to continue to do what we’ve done in the past.”

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Acting Senate President Harriette L. Chandler

House advances $1.7B housing bill |  Earlier this month, acting Senate President Harriette Chandler vaulted housing into the top tier of priorities in the Senate this session, warning that Massachusetts is at risk of losing its reputation as a national leader unless it addresses its longstanding housing affordability problem.

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The business of marijuana is closer to reality each day.

Cannabiz: Potential ‘billion-dollar industry’ had pot stirred in Worcester |  One expert expects as many as 50 recreational marijuana shops to be ready for business by July 1. He notes that about 700 are open in Colorado – 200 in Denver alone. Good Chemistry CEO Matthew Huron had his eye on Worcester before Question 4 even went before voters in 2016. Find out more about the effects of this particular strain of entrepreneurialism.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 235]: Worcester trash solutions? Bin there, done that. |  It took a couple decades, but it seems as though most Americans are now on board with the necessity of recycling. In most cities and towns, all you have to do is fill a plastic bin and leave it someplace conspicuous once a week. Most of us know little about where it goes from there. Unless you live in Worcester, in which case most of it is in your lilac bush, courtesy of the uncovered bin next door. So, we know the problem, but Hitch is more interested in solutions.

 

Top Mass. earners to see $3B in relief from GOP tax bill, MassBudget says |  The new federal tax law will reduce the taxes paid by the Bay State’s top 1 percent of income earners by more than $2.96 billion in 2019, according to the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.

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