GOP reform bill will be taxing for teachers, small businesses

The tax bill being pushed through by the Republican Party threatens the foundations of a vital and healthy economy. By reducing deductions for charitable donations, for teachers’ expenses, and for state and sales taxes, the bill makes it less likely that we will be able to financially support the services and projects that depend on them to succeed.

Sanchez punctuates education reform bill signing

Gov. Charlie Baker invited lawmakers, including House Ways and Means Chairman Jeffrey Sanchez and Education Secretary James Peyser, into his office for a ceremonial signing of a law granting school districts more flexibility in educating students who are not fluent in English.

Up Next: City poised to set tax rates

City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. used $250,000 from free cash to reduce the city’s tax levy to about $293.5 million, some $11 million more than last year but nearly $14 million below what the city could ask from its taxpayers. But still, with the spike in property values across the city, real tax relief for businesses or residents is unlikely. … Also, the city and its developer are moving forward with the renovation of the old courthouse.

A Mother’s Journey: The tipping point

“For us to obtain that stickiness factor that Gladwell writes about, we must first learn to educate our audience on why they need STEM/STEAM learning. We must break through the notion that STEM/STEAM learning is a luxury rather than a necessity, and we must be inclusive and offer our services throughout various outlets.”

On Beacon Hill: Birds of a feather?

With the governor’s expected re-election bid up ahead and the persistent partisan roadblocks of the Trump era lurking, things are about to get interesting. Plus, Warren, Healey and the State Police scandal.

Mariano: Michael Gaffney was right and wrong

“Michael Gaffney is leaving the City Council. It is fair to say that he is one of a kind. I can’t think of another local elected official with whom to compare Gaffney. … Michael Gaffney is universally disliked by his colleagues at City Hall. I think he likes it that way.”