Articles about Politics that may be useful to Massachusetts retirees.

Healy Off Mark on Pensions

SEPTEMBER 2006 - A proposal by Lt.
Governor Kerry Healey that would replace our state’s
longstanding defined benefit (DB) public employee
retirement plan with a defined contribution (DC)
plan is not the example of sound public or fiscal
policy that Healey pretends to portray.

McGoldrick Wins New Term On State Retirement Board

JULY 2006 - Theresa McGoldrick has been elected to a full three-year term on the State Board of Retirement. McGoldrick had earlier been elected to complete the unexpired term of Bob Cawley who died on April 30, 2004.

Stoneham Selectman's Attempt To Wipe Out Retirement Board Defeated At Town Meeting

JULY 06 - Selectmen Suffer Second Defeat, Salaries Wiped Out - Angered voters at Stoneham’s May Town Meeting roundly rejected an article that would have turned the Stoneham Retirement Board and its duties over to the State Retirement Board. The Town Meeting article was sponsored by the five-member Stoneham Board of Selectmen, and given a favorable recommendation by the Finance Advisory Committee.

Stoneham Town Meeting Will Be Asked To Skuttle Local Retirement Board

MAY 2006 - Stoneham Selectmen, led by an angered John DePinto, want to abolish the Stoneham Retirement Board and turn its duties over to the State Retirement Board.

Appeal Board Rules Lowell Election Valid

NOVEMBER 2005 - A Division of Administrative Law Appeals (DALA) Magistrate has ruled that the Lowell Retirement Board's decision to declare Jim Quealy's election to the Board is valid. Since no objections to the DALA ruling were filed with Contributory Retirement Appeal Board, it becomes final and binding on all parties.

Welch Reelected MACRS President

SEPTEMBER 2005 - Conference Focus On Chapter 32 - At its annual spring conference in Hyannis, the Mass. Association of Contributory Retirement Systems (MACRS) reelected retired Needham firefighter Thomas Welch to a second term as the groups president. Welch, who is an Association member, also serves as an elected member on the Needham Retirement Board.

New Staff On Public Service Committee

SEPTEMBER 2005 - Play Key Role In Developing Legislation - Of all the Legislative Committees, the Joint Committee on Public Service is the most critical to the lives of retired public employees. As members know, the Committee's primary function is to analyze and draft legislation relative to public retirement, including health insurance.

Trimarco Named To Governor's Top Job

SEPTEMBER 2005 - Former Malone Deputy - Governor Mitt Romney has named Tom Trimarco, 66, as his Secretary of Administration and Finance, the most powerful post in the Governor's office.

California's Pension Plan Safe For Now

JULY 2005 - Schwarzenegger Buckles Under Pressure - California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's attempt to scuttle that state's pension plan has suffered a major setback.

Springfield's Finance Control Board Flexes Muscle

MAY 2005
- Springfield's Finance Control Board, appointed by Governor Romney to
oversee the embattled city's fiscal crisis, has targeted the
Springfield Retirement Board's investment record as part of the city's