Articles about Politics that may be useful to Massachusetts retirees.


Jan 2007 - During the recent election,
candidates spoke out against higher property taxes forcing retirees out of
their homes. That criticism begs the question: what is being done right now to
provide tax relief.


JAN 2007 - Report Rebuffs Pioneer Attack - The top priority at the fall
conference of the Massachusetts Association of Contributory Retirement Systems (MACRS)
was the same as that of the spring conference: Put a halt to the negative
attacks on our state’s 106 retirement systems.



JAN 2007 - Retired East Boston District
Court Judge Domenic L. Russo has been voted to a five-year term as the chairman
of the Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission (PERAC), the
Commonwealth’s top pension agency. The unanimous vote came at a November 1
meeting of the Commission.


O'Brien Named Plymouth County Treasurer

NOV 2006 - Former Representative Close Association Ally - As we reported in the September edition of the Voice, longtime
Plymouth County Treasurer John McLellan retired in early August after
thirty-three years of public service. What was not known, at that time, was who
would be appointed to fill the two years remaining in McLellan’s unexpired

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.

Stoneham Retirement Board

SEPTEMBER 2006 - For a man who has been on the Stoneham
Retirement Board for less than a year, Ron Castignetti
has caused quite a stir.

Political Centerpiece

SEPTEMBER 2006 - Lt. Governor’s
Criticism Stirs Members

Lt. Govern Healey’s attack
on our public retirement law was the big buzz at
the Massachusetts Association of Contributory Retirement
Systems (MACRS) annual conference this June,chaired
by MACRS President Tom Welch.

Plymouth County Treasurer Retires

SEPTEMBER 2006 - McLellan Close Association Ally - When John McLellan began his career in public service,
he never envisioned that some thirty-three years
later he would retire as one of the longest serving
elected officials in the state.

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.