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Menino's money problems

David S. Bernstein’s article on the mayor’s feud with the firefighters and allegations that the city’s coffers are bigger than Mayor Tom Menino lets on is one of the only thoughtful treatments of this contract dispute to appear in the media.
Letters to the Boston editor, June 18, 2010

Boston tucks away a $125 million windfall

As debate continues over the city’s finances — and whether the city of Boston can afford firefighters’ raises, branch libraries, community-center staffing, and other costs in tight times — the city is planning to quietly tuck away a one-time windfall of
More for Moneybags?
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 21, 2010

Moneybags Menino

Inside Boston’s political back rooms, there is a growing suspicion that Mayor Thomas Menino is sitting on millions of dollars — tens of millions, maybe as much as $400 million — that could be used to save vital city services, such as, among many examples
The mayor cuts services, but sits on a stash of cash.
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  May 14, 2010

The pain hits home

With unsuccessful wars running in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the worst economic crisis in almost 80 years likely to get worse long before it gets better, Barack Obama will face challenges of historic proportions when he becomes the nation's 44th presiden
Boston faces a sobering year
By EDITORIAL  |  January 14, 2009

Old ideas for a new year

During the past 18 months, the good news out of City Hall has come in the form of fresh faces.
Plus, a dirty job for Deval: fix the Big Dig
By EDITORIAL  |  January 16, 2008

Gambling on voters

Do you want to expand gambling in Maine by letting the Passamaquoddy Tribe build and operate a slot-machine parlor, high-stakes beano games, and a harness-racing track in Washington County?
Downeast Mainers pin their hopes on the turn of the ballots
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 25, 2007

Among the uninsured

Like many large-city governments, Boston is self-insured — that is, instead of paying for an insurance policy to cover its claims, it takes the risk of paying everything it gets hit with out of the city coffers.
How other cities handle their mistakes
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  September 27, 2006

World-class listening problem

Here’s something you won’t want to hear: there’s nothing inherently wrong with property taxes.
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  May 31, 2006

Letters to the Portland Editor, May 26, 2006

A reader sounds off on Erik Eisele's recent story on the Taxpayers' Bill of Rights initiative