Somerville, Mass. - Area unions and labor leaders have decided to wage a campaign against Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT) for its recent decision to hire non-union labor to build a 448-unit apartment at the Assembly Square, and on January 22, the Board of Aldermen joined the movement, voting a resolution urging FRIT to reverse its decision.
Somerville, Mass. - Somerville is going through changes. With the Green Line coming soon, the redevelopment of Union Square and new businesses moving into Assembly Square, property values are skyrocketing across the city.
This means that even though the residential tax rate this year is $12.61, slightly lower than last year, most residents will likely end up paying more in their base tax bill.
Somerville, Mass. - Tufts University pays the City of Somerville less than other major area universities pay in place of taxes on their tax-exempt properties. But is that fair to local residents? Jane Regan investigates in this segment from Somerville Neighborhood News #3.
Protestors Demand Taxes on Wealthy to Fund Social Spending at Twin Protests Outside Offices of Sens. Brown Kerry
BOSTON/Government Center - Over 50 members of the Massachusetts Alliance of HUD Tenants and several allied organizations held twin demonstrations outside the offices of Sens. John Kerry and Scott Brown on Tuesday - urging them to "tax the 1 percent and cut the Pentagon as the only way to create jobs and reduce the deficit without cutting vital programs for the poor and middle class."
BOSTON/Boston Common – Nearly 5,000 people descended on the Boston Common last Wednesday morning to attend the last scheduled rally on the third Tea Party Express national tour. The special guest was former Alaska governor and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who spoke to the crowd in the late morning.
Photos by Diana Mai. Copyright 2010 Diana Mai.
BOSTON/Roxbury - Over 150 people participated in a "Community Unity Rally" to support the "No on Question 1" campaign this evening at Roxbury Community College. Speakers from several sponsoring organizations vowed to defeat the statewide referendum question - which would eliminate the Massachusetts state income tax by 2010 - saying it will cut over 40% or $13 billion from the state budget, including $158 million from Boston Public Schools. Rally sponsors included ACORN, Boston Tenant Coalition, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Hyde Square Task Force, Jobs with Justice, Mass.
BOSTON/Copley Square - On Wednesday, over 100 activists representing an array of religious and social justice organizations held a rally in front of the Trinity Church to launch an interfaith campaign to encourage Massachusetts residents to Vote No on Question 1 - a binding referendum question put on the November ballot by the Committee For Small Government that would end the state income tax in the Bay State. The Committee is a non-profit led by Massachusetts Libertarian Party activists.