From multiple heat waves and raging wildfires in the western United States and Canada, to deadly flooding in Germany, Belgium and China, a string of extreme weather events across the globe this summer have driven home the pressing threat of climate change.
Dean and Associate Professor of the McCormack Graduate School David Cash joined Greater Boston to discuss the link between such extreme incidents and the human-caused global warming that scientists have been warning about for decades, and what action needs to be taken.
Though Boston has the highest total number of Latino residents in the state, the city shows a lack of Latino representation in key political roles, according to a report from UMass Boston.
The “Latinx Political Leadership in Massachusetts” report, released last week by the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at the McCormack Graduate School, highlights the disparities in representation at both the municipal and state level, with the State House the most lacking in Latino representation.
Connecticut has backed out of the regional Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI), leaving just Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Washington D.C. on board with the initiative, which was designed to create a regional strategy for paying for emissions and investing in green technology. Dean and Associate Professor of the McCormack Graduate School David Cash joined Radio Boston to talk about what's next for the TCI.
Professor of Gerontology Jan Mutchler writes about the Elder Index from the Gerontology Institute at the McCormack Graduate School which calculates a realistic, bare-bones budget necessary for older residents living independently in every large city, county and state in the nation.
The government agency that processes pensions for federal workers, the Office of Personnel Management, says there is a backlog of more than 25,000 and that “the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted normal operations.” Director of the Pension Action Center at the McCormack Graduate School Anna-Marie Tabor was surprised to hear that OPM was still paper-based.
“It’s a big problem especially during the pandemic when people can’t just go into the office and pull out a box of documents. These records really should be converted to electronic documents so that they can be accessed in 2021, especially in case of a pandemic,” says Tabor.
A study by the McCormack Graduate School examined 460 host agreements between pot shops and their cities and towns. The vast majority of impact fees “were pegged at the 3% limit specified in state law," it found. The researchers also discovered a “significant proportion” of agreements require pot shops to pay even more than the legal limit.
Massachusetts lawmakers on Tuesday took blistering testimony from attorneys, entrepreneurs, and advocates who slammed the state’s local approval process for marijuana companies as little more than a form of legal extortion.
The public feedback session came on the heels of a new industry-funded analysis of 460 host community agreements by researchers at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies. The report found widespread abuses, including a statewide total of at least $2.46 million in impermissible local fees and mandatory “donations” imposed on top of the maximum legal fee of 3 percent of a firm’s annual revenue.
Advocates, lawmakers and former regulators urged a legislative committee to provide more oversight of required contracts between municipalities and marijuana businesses. A study released Tuesday found that cannabis companies have paid at least $2.46 million more in community impact fees than required under law, and that communities often have no plan for how to spend the money they collect. That report, which was paid for by the Cannabis Business Association and conducted by Jeffrey Moyer of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, reviewed 460 host community agreements.
“A significant proportion of the agreements we analyzed required additional payments from business beyond the legal limit, amounting to an excess of at least $2.46 million whether through reimbursements, local charity donations, so-called ‘community benefit payments,’ or donations of employee time to education efforts,” Moyer said.
How hard is it for older adults to live independently in their own communities? Professor of Gerontology at the McCormack Graduate School Jan Mutchler writes about a recent study using the Gerontology Institute's Elder Index, a free online tool that calculates a realistic, bare-bones budget necessary for older residents living independently in every large city, county and state in the nation.
Professor of Public Policy and Public Affairs Christian Weller details how President Biden's proposed American Jobs Plan is an important second step in the federal government's strategic investments to boost economic growth for all.
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