Articles about Politics that may be useful to Massachusetts retirees.

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

Joint Ways And Means Hearings Held

MAY 2005
- Kick-Off '05-'06 Legislative Session - After a series of joint hearings throughout the Commonwealth, the
combined House and Senate Committees on Ways and Means returned to the
State House for their final joint session on March 14.

New Leaders For Public Service Committee

MAY 2005
- Buoniconti and Kaufman: Two Voices For Public Retirees - In making key committee assignments for the 2004-2005 legislative
session, Senate President Robert Travaglini and House Speaker Salvatore
DiMasi have named Senator Stephen Buoniconti (D-W. Springfield) and
Representative Jay Kaufman (D-Lexington) to chair the key Joint
Committee on Public Service.

Former Mass Rep In Humanitarian Role

MARCH 2005
- Andy Natsios Faces Tsunami Challenge - He has been called "a man for all seasons," and the title is most
fitting for this former state representative from Holliston. Andrew
Natsios, Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development
(USAID), has been dealing with the world's worst humanitarian disasters
since the first Bush administration. He has been the designated "point
man" for both Presidents Bush on all global disasters that have
required American aid and assistance.

White Reelected To State Board

MARCH 2005 - Thanks Supporters For Their Vote - Association President Ralph White has been reelected to a new three-year term on the State Board of Retirement.

Behind The Scenes On Beacon Hill

MARCH 2005
- Office of the House Clerk - The State House 'Worker Bees'. Over the years members have read
countless articles describing the Association's legislative activities
on Beacon Hill. During that time, we have profiled many of the elected
officials who have worked side-by-side with Association lobbyists on
behalf of public retirees.

Tramarco Appointed To Springfield Retirement Board

MARCH 2005
- Is a Member of Romney-Controlled Finance Board - Tom Tramarco, a member of the five-member Finance Control Board,
which oversees all fiscal activity in the City of Springfield, is now a
member of the Springfield Retirement Board. Tramarco replaced Donna
Williams as the mayor's appointee on the Board.

Romney Rebuked In State Elections

- Voters Reject Negative Campaign - Republicans may have been celebrating their party's national
victories on November 2, but here in Massachusetts there was far less
rejoicing for the GOP. Unlike the US Senate and House, where the
Republicans gained greater control, the overwhelmingly Democratic
General Court increased its lock on state legislative seats.

Tom Finneran Will Be Remembered

- Championed Fiscal Solvency - The departure of Tom Finneran as House Speaker was the source of glee
in many quarters, especially the press, which had frequently criticized
him as being an autocratic despot.