Lawmakers try again after Monaco-led lobbyists help sink Somerville transparency bill

State Representative Christine Barber has refiled legislation in the current session of the Massachusetts House of Representatives that would allow the City of Somerville to compel Tufts University to provide an institutional master plan outlining its development objectives, after the previous version died in committee without getting a floor vote in spring of 2017. Tufts’ trade group, the Association of Independent […]

Massachusetts 2018 primary election results

Massachusetts state primaries on Tuesday saw both parties build on the rejection of centrism that defined the previous election cycle and has defined the current one elsewhere in the nation. On the Democratic side, the upset victory of Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley in the Seventh Congressional District, which covers much of Boston, Cambridge and Somerville, over incumbent […]

Events on the Hill — Week of April 1

MONDAY “Stephen Koltai: Global Entrepreneurship” Details: TAMID at Tufts is hosting Stephen Koltai, the managing director of Koltai & Co. LLC and a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, to discuss the entrepreneurship initiatives he has spearheaded in the Obama administration and his experience leading startups. Where and when: Cabot Intercultural Center, 206; 8–9 p.m. […]

As Green Line Extension moves forward, locals hope for expansion into Medford

The Green Line Extension (GLX), a long-awaited plan to provide light rail service to previously unserved areas of Medford and Somerville, is on track for completion by December 2021, according to the project’s website. Progress on the GLX follows the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)’s selection of a new contractor and an infusion of federal funding. The project will extend Massachusetts […]

Legalizing marijuana in Massachusetts: Where local legislators stand

Last November, Massachusetts voters passed a ballot initiative legalizing recreational marijuana for people above the age of 21. Now state legislators representing Medford and Somerville are determining how best to implement the voters’ will. The Massachusetts Legislature has formed a Committee on Marijuana Policy, made up of members of the State Senate and House of Representatives. […]

Tufts-Somerville relationship strained by issues of housing, social responsibility

Over the past several years, Somerville politicians have repeatedly criticized Tufts University on a number of issues, arguing that the school too often serves its own interests at the city’s expense. Tufts, according to several of Somerville’s aldermen, has expanded its reach into city neighborhoods, which has threatened housing affordability for local residents and clashed with […]

State legislators discuss Massachusetts’ role in combating climate change

Local politicians, environmental advocates and students discussed climate change at a panel event last night in the Cabot Intercultural Center. The talk, titled “Climate Change: How Massachusetts Can Lead The Way,” was hosted by the Tufts Sustainability Collective and Environment Massachusetts. The event featured panelists including State Senator James B. Eldridge, State Senator Marc Pacheco, State Representative Christine Barber […]

Federal, state legislation aims to address sexual assault on college campuses

In an attempt to influence policies surrounding the issue of sexual assault on college campuses, various bills have been introduced throughout the past year in both national and state legislatures. One such bill is H.R. 3403, also known as the Safe Campus Act of 2015, which was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Matt Salmon (R-AZ) on […]

Cummings School receives $5 million from Commonwealth for FY16, sparking debates

On July 30, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine was granted $5 million from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the 2016 fiscal year. The Cummings School, located in Grafton, Mass., has received money from the Commonwealth for years, and recent budget negotiations have prompted a debate about why any public money goes to a private institution like Tufts. In an […]