Show me the money! That’s the command from the state’s two top legislatures. House speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate president Stanley Rosenberg are proposing annual raises of 45-thosuand dollars, which brings their total compensation up to $142,000 a year. Governor Baker would get a bump too – but he says he won’t take it. Jim Braude (@JimBraude) discusses the bill – which would raise annual pay for all legislators, too, with the amounts depending on committee appointments. Sen. William Brownsberger (@WBrownsberger), a Democrat from Belmont, supports the pay hike. Rep. Shaunna O’Connell (@ShaunnaOconnell), a Republican from Taunton, opposes it. Both join Jim to make their case.
Massachusetts’ liquor laws are some of the oldest on the books. Most date back to the end of prohibition. State Treasurer Deb Goldberg has announced a new task force to revisit the regulations and, as Adam Reilly (@ReillyAdam) explains others believe it’s time to mix things up, too.
One of Brookline’s most prestigious private schools is now under investigation over accusations of discrimination. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is currently looking into the Park School’s practices after a Brookline couple said their five-year-old daughter was illegally denied admission, solely because of a spinal cord injury that has paralyzed her arms and legs since birth. The Oates family says the rejection violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, because they say Harper is at least a year ahead of her peers in cognitive abilities and they offered to send her to school with a full-time aid. The Park School denies any violation, saying it "engaged in an open, good-faith discussion with the Oates family about how Harper could thrive,” and that "Harper required additional accommodations that would have fundamentally altered our educational model." Harper’s mother Dawn Oates (@DawnOates) joins Jim to discuss the investigation.
Don’t ask him why, but Jim watched some of the CNBC Apprentice marathon over the weekend – and all he took away from it was Trump’s notorious catchphrase. Hear who he thinks needs to hear the words “You’re Fired.”