The Chelsea Cultural Council has announced
the awarding of grants totalling $20,809 to 18 local artists, schools and
The grants were awarded from a pool of funds
distributed to Chelsea by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency
that supports public programs and educational activities in the arts, sciences,
“We are very grateful to Governor Baker and
the Legislature for their continued support of the Massachusetts Cultural
Council and the funding that directly benefits cultural activities here in
Chelsea, said Marlene Jennings Chair. Our city has its own unique identity and
in these sponsored events we get to really experience the spirit of
Awardees for this year are:
•Browne Middle School: Speaker – Lost
Boy of Sudan, $250
•Chelsea Black Community: Black
History Month, $1,800
•Chelsea Community Connections:
Chelsea Fun Bus, $1,000
•Chelsea Public Library: A Universe of
•Veronica Robles: Serenara a Chelsea
by Veronica Robles Female Mariachi, $1,500
•Walnut Street Synagogue: A Photo
Documentary of Chelsea Life in the 1970’s, $1,800
The Chelsea Cultural Council (CCC) has also
set aside an additional $3,121 to complete a public mural project in
collaboration with Chelsea Public School Art Department that began in the fall
of 2018. The CCC is one of 329 local councils that serve every city and town in
the state. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the
Massachusetts Cultural Council, which then allocates funds to each local
council. Decisions, about which activities to support, are made at the
community level by the council.
The members of the Chelsea Cultural Council
are: Marlene Jennings, Chair; Dakeya Christmas, Co-Chair; Devra Sari Zabot,
Recorder; Juliana Borgiani, Treasurer; Sharlene McLean, Angelina McCoy, and
Carolina Anzola. The CCC will seek applications again this fall. CCC
Guidelines will be available online as well as the 2020 application beginning
Sept. 1, 2019 at
For the first time,
Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop are combining forces to conduct a comprehensive
regional Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and design a Community Health
Implementation Plan (CHIP). Major hospitals, along with health centers, human
services providers and non-profits that serve area residents, are working with
municipal leaders, health departments and the boards of health of each
community to develop the plan. Residents of the three communities are being
urged to go online and fill out a survey that asks about local health issues
and other aspects of community life.
The effort is being
co-coordinated by the North Suffolk Public Health Collaborative and the Mass
General Hospital Center for Community Health Improvement (CCHI) with the
ultimate goal of identifying, prioritizing and addressing the most urgent
health needs faced by each community and the region. Such assessments are often
used to apply for targeted funding to help address community needs.
Every three years, most
hospitals conduct a community health needs assessment to meet requirements set
by the Affordable Care Act. The Massachusetts Attorney General also requires
such a report and is encouraging regional collaboration among stakeholders,
including among healthcare systems who share the same service areas. “This is
one of the first regional assessments of its type in Massachusetts,” said Jeff
Stone, Director of the North Suffolk Public Health Collaborative. “Mayor
Arrigo, Chelsea City Manager Tom Ambrosino and Winthrop Town Manager Austin
Faison realize that public health conditions don’t respect borders, and,
working together we can solve some of our health challenges more effectively.”
“The North Suffolk
Community Health Needs Assessment is critical for the City of Chelsea,” said
City Manager Ambrosino. “Not only will it provide the information necessary for
Chelsea to better understand our residents’ public health needs, but it will
also enable us to properly prioritize resources to better address those needs.
We encourage all of our residents to participate in upcoming surveys, forums
The collaborators have
set an ambitious timeline. The CHNA and CHIP will be completed by Sept. 30,
2019, and will result in a guide for a three-year community health improvement
plan that all providers can use. The process includes intensive data
collection–hundreds of resident surveys, interviews and focus groups as well
as collecting data from other agencies such as the MA Department of Public
Health and the US Census.
A website has been created, www.northsuffolkassessment.org, to
provide information to anyone who may be interested. People who live or work in
Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop are encouraged to complete a survey. It is
available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic, reflecting the languages
most frequently spoken in the communities.
Johanna DiCarlo (right) presents the Massachusetts Women in Athletics Distinguished Service Award to JoAnne Lee-Nieves at the 2019 Girls and Women in Sports Day program Feb. 1 at Faneuil Hall, Boston.
When the Title IX law was first enacted, leading to increased athletic opportunities for females in the mid-to-late 1970s and setting the foundation for the explosion of high school girls’ sports that exists today, there was a Chelsea woman just getting started in coaching.
She was a pioneer in every sense,
introducing the joy of organized sports participation to Boston girls, teaching
them about teamwork and sportsmanship, instilling self-confidence in her
student-athletes, and providing lessons about life that they would carry beyond
the basketball court.
JoAnne Lee-Nieves was a woman ahead of her
time, recognizing right away the importance of athletics for girls as an
extension of the classroom. Her players at Jeremiah Burke would achieve
phenomenal success on the court. Long before ESPN started bringing attention to
women’s sports, Lee-Nieves was building a program and sending her athletes on
For four decades, Lee-Nieves earned multiple
championship and coach-of-the-year awards. No one did it better in Boston than
Last Friday, in an impressive ceremony at
historic Faneuil Hall in the city where Lee-Nieves became a high school
coaching giant, she received one of the MIAA’s most prestigious awards.
Before a capacity crowd of female high
school athletes, athletic directors and many of her former colleagues in the
profession, Lee-Nieves accepted the Massachusetts Women in Athletics
Distinguished Service Award.
One could only imagine how very proud her
parents, the late Charles Lee and Jeanette Weiner Lee, would have been to see
JoAnne’s amazing career recognized so deservedly in such an awesome setting as
Councillor-at-Large Leo Robinson understands
the magnitude of his cousin JoAnne’s statewide award and the immense
contributions that she made to high school sports. His own daughter, Lucia
Robinson-Griggs, is a former high school athlete and now a women’s basketball
coach at MIT.
“JoAnne is a very outstanding individual who
has achieved a lot in teaching and coaching,” said Robinson. “This is very
special for me that she was recognized for all the hard work that she has done
throughout the years. She is a true pioneer in women’s high school sports in
Boston. It’s a tremendous honor and I congratulate Joanne. We in Chelsea are
all proud of her.”
In a tribute to JoAnne that appeared in the
Girls and Women In Sports Day souvenir booklet, Jeremiah Burke Guidance
Counselor Ron Innes said, “JoAnne was a very reliable and dedicated teacher who
was well respected by her students as well as faculty and staff. Her knowledge
about her chosen discipline (Physical Education) and ability to reach and
connect with students made her a truly exceptional teacher. These great
qualities carried over to the many sports she coached. Her teams always played the
game with great discipline and pride.”
Burke Athletic Coordinator Sean Ryan had
nominated Lee-Nieves for the award. Said Ryan, “Her ability to engage a veteran
or a newcomer to the sport make her special. We evaluate a coach by how their
team progresses during the year, and JoAnne’s team each year plays their best
toward the end of the season. She truly provides each student-athlete with a
In her acceptance speech, Lee-Nieves was
humble and gracious. She thanked the MIAA for the recognition, but focused her
remarks on encouraging the young ladies in the audience to work hard and pursue
As she left the stage and walked to the VIP
area where she and husband Juan Nieves were seated, you could sense that JoAnne
Lee-Nieves was touched by this lifetime-achievement recognition from the
state’s official governing organization for high school sports.
It was indeed a special day for a special
teacher, coach, and role model.
Johanna DiCarlo (right) presents the Massachusetts
Women in Athletics Distinguished Service Award to JoAnne Lee-Nieves at the 2019
Girls and Women in Sports Day program Feb. 1 at Faneuil Hall, Boston.
JoAnne Lee-Nieves and her husband, Juan Nieves,
are pictured following the presentation of the Distinguished Service Award.
The Massachusetts State 9-1-1 Department is
pleased to announce that Text to 911is now available throughout the
Commonwealth. All Massachusetts 9-1-1 call centers now have ability to receive
a text message through their 9-1-1 system. The Baker-Polito Administration has
supported making these system enhancements since 2015.
Text to 9-1-1 allows those in need of
emergency services to use their cellular device to contact 9-1-1 when they are
unable to place a voice call.
“This is a significant improvement to our 9-1-1 system that will save
lives,” said Public Safety and Security Secretary Tom Turco. “By giving
those requiring emergency services this option we are greatly expanding the
ability of first responders to provide critical assistance to those in
To contact emergency services by text message, simply enter 9-1-1 in the “To”
field of your mobile device and then type your message into the message field.
It is the same process that is used for sending a regular text message from
your mobile device. It is important to make every effort to begin the text
message indicating the town you are in and provide the best location
information that you can.
“Having the ability to contact a 9-1-1 call
center by text could help those being held against their will or victims of
domestic violence unable to make a voice call,” said Frank Pozniak,
Executive Director of the State 9-1-1 Department. “Text to 9-1-1 also provides
direct access to 9-1-1 emergency services for the deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired,
which is a service that these communities did not have access to until now.”
It is important to note that the 9-1-1 call center may not always have your
exact location when they receive your text. For this reason, when sending a
Text to 9-1-1 it is important to make every effort to begin the text message
indicating the town you are in and provide the best location information that
The State 9-1-1 Department encourages citizens to Text to 9-1-1 only when a
voice call is not possible.
Remember: “Call if you can, text if you can’t.”
It’s hard to believe that it has been 10
years since Winthrop/Revere State Rep. Bob DeLeo was elected the Speaker of the
House by his colleagues. (Yes, time flies.)
We wish to make note of the 10th anniversary
of Speaker DeLeo’s ascension to that post because it was marked by two
significant events that occurred in January, 2009.
First, Bob was chosen
by his colleagues after a succession of House Speakers had been forced to
resign because of various scandals, the last having been Sal DiMasi, who was
indicted on corruption charges by federal prosecutors for which DiMasi
eventually was convicted and sentenced to time in federal prison.
The second was that Bob assumed the
Speakership amidst the greatest economic downturn to face not only
Massachusetts, but the entire country (and the world) since the Great
Needless to say, January of 2009 was a
difficult period for anyone to become Speaker of the House, given the history
of the House during the previous decade and the enormity of the challenges that
the state was facing.
However, from the perspective of looking
back over the past 10 years, it is fair to say that Bob DeLeo has been more
responsible both for restoring the people’s faith in our legislature and for
guiding our state through an incredibly-difficult fiscal
period than any other person in state
Governors have come and gone, as have State
Senate presidents, but the one constant has been the steady hand of Bob DeLeo
at the helm of the House of Representatives.
Not only has Bob DeLeo been the principal
architect of a state budget process that has been both prudent and
forward-looking, but he, more than any other person on Beacon Hill, has been
able to bring together disparate groups and has worked with both the Senate and
Republican administrations to create an atmosphere of collegiality that is
unparalleled in our nation today.
The achievements in our state over the past decade under the Speakership
of Bob DeLeo are a testament to the ability of one person to have a profound
effect upon the lives of the people he serves — and Massachusetts
unquestionably is a better place thanks to Bob DeLeo’s tenure as Speaker of the
House for the past 10 years.
The Chelsea 500
movement has received a $65,000 grant from the state to help them secure jobs
with the Encore Boston Harbor casino for 500 or more Chelsea residents.
The Chelsea 500 formed
from several existing community groups last fall, and began holding open houses
and informational meetings for residents to try to get into the pipeline for
the 5,000 or more jobs that are to be filled at the casino by June.
Chelsea 500, which
engages the city, businesses, and non-profits to create a workforce pipeline so
that 500 or more residents can gain the skills necessary to apply for positions
at Encore Boston Harbor, with a goal of at least 200 of them gaining
employment. Although initial efforts are focused on the casino, the long term
goal is to sustain workforce development that will extend to other businesses.
Lieutenant Governor Karyn
Polito announced $500,000 to nine projects, including the Chelsea 500, through
the Urban Agenda Grant Program last week. The program emphasizes
community-driven responses to local obstacles, and promotes economic development
through partnership-building, problem solving, and shared accountability in
Launched by the
Baker-Polito Administration in 2016, the Urban Agenda Grant Program offers
competitive awards offer flexible funding for local efforts that bring together
community stakeholders to pursue economic development initiatives. The awards
announced today will fund projects supporting workforce development, small
businesses, and entrepreneurship initiatives across eight communities:
Barnstable, Boston, Chelsea, Fitchburg, Lawrence, Lowell, Springfield, and
“When we empower local
leaders and projects that thoughtfully address the unique issues facing our
urban centers, we have an outsized impact on the lives of residents,” said
Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “The Urban Agenda Grant Program relies on the
strong partnerships between local government, non-profits and the business
community that are critical to fostering economic success and building stronger
neighborhoods in every region in Massachusetts.”
The Urban Agenda Grant Program provides grants to communities working to
provide residents with economic opportunities and workforce training. The
program prioritizes projects that are based on collaborative work models that
feature a strong partnership between community organizations and
municipalities. Awards prioritize collaboration, shared accountability and
building leadership capacity at the local level.
When Governor Charlie Baker was elected to
his first term of office four years ago, his first major announcement was the
appointment of Jay Ash to the post of Secretary of Housing and Economic
The announcement by Gov. Baker, a
Republican, came as a surprise to many political insiders because Ash was a
lifelong Democrat and at the time was serving as the City Manager for the City
of Chelsea, a post he had held for almost 15 years. Moreover, the Secretary of
Housing and Economic Development is among the most important members of a
governor’s cabinet, and typically goes to a person who is among those most
trusted by the governor to implement his broad policy objectives.
However, Ash’s appointment by Gov.-elect
Baker signaled two things about the incoming administration: First, that Baker
was going to “reach across the aisle” to Democrats and second, that he was
seeking the most-qualified persons he could find to serve in his
During the past four years, Charlie Baker’s
appointment of Jay Ash, who officially stepped down from his cabinet post in
December to become the new president of a nonprofit business group known as the
Massachusetts Competitive Partnership, has proven to be a win-win for Gov.
Baker — and the people of Massachusetts — on both scores.
Ash, who had served for many years as the
chief of staff to former House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Voke,
not only knew the ins-and-outs of the legislative process, but also was on a
first-name basis with many legislators, most notably House Speaker Bob DeLeo,
who played a key role in working with Jay in implementing the many initiatives
put forth by the Baker administration.
In addition, Jay Ash brought to the table
his experience as the City Manager of Chelsea, a small city that is the
prototype for both the potential and pitfalls of economic development of urban
areas throughout the state.
During his tenure, Jay Ash brought to
fruition many projects that will bring economic benefits for future generations
of our state’s residents. Among Ash’s signature accomplishments, he played a
key role in bringing the Pawtucket Red Sox to Worcester, which included the
redevelopment of the city’s Canal District with $35 million in infrastructure
and affordable housing funds; he brought $12.5 million in state funds to the
Berkshire Innovation Center, which will focus on life sciences in Pittsfield;
he played an integral role in persuading General Electric to locate its world
headquarters in Boston’s Seaport District; and he was instrumental in bringing
about a significant reduction in the number of homeless families living in
All in all, Jay Ash’s tenure as Secretary of
Housing and Economic Development has been among the most successful and
remarkable of any Cabinet member of any administration in the state’s history.
We know we speak not only for the residents
of his native Chelsea, but also for citizens throughout the state, in thanking
Jay Ash for his years of public service and wishing him well in his future
Chelsea Chief Brian Kyes introduced Gov. Charlie Baker to a room of police chiefs from around the state during Tuesday’s meeting of the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs of Police Association. The meeting took place in Everett, and Gov. Baker made a major public safety policy announcement at the gathering in regard to criminal background checks. See Page 5 for more photos.
Standing alongside Chief Brian Kyes, Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday re-filed legislation to provide law enforcement and the courts with additional tools to ensure dangerous criminals are held in custody pending trial.
First filed on September 6, 2018, the
proposal would expand the list of offenses that can provide grounds for a
dangerousness hearing and close certain loopholes at the start and end of the
criminal process that currently limit or prevent effective action to address
legitimate safety concerns. Governor Baker made the announcement in Everett at
the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs of Police Association Meeting, an
Association Chief Kyes is the leader of.
“Public safety is a fundamental
responsibility of government and in order to fulfill that duty, we must allow
local police and district attorneys to effectively deal with people who
repeatedly break the law,” said Governor Baker. “Last session we enacted
several provisions to ensure that a small lapse in judgment doesn’t ruin a
life, and we must now give law enforcement, prosecutors and the courts the
tools they need to keep our communities safe. We look forward to working with
the Legislature to pass this important bill.”
The proposal will strengthen the ability of
judges to enforce the conditions of pre-trial release by empowering police to
detain people who they observe violating court-ordered release conditions;
current law does not allow this, and instead requires a court to first issue a
“Loopholes in the current system limit or
prevent effective action to address legitimate safety concerns,” said
Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “This bill will empower law enforcement with
the flexibility and tools they need to protect their communities from dangerous
Under this proposal, judges will be
empowered to revoke a person’s release when the offender has violated a
court-ordered condition, such as an order to stay away from a victim, or from a
public playground. Current law requires an additional finding of dangerousness
before release may be revoked.
“A defendant’s past criminal history should
absolutely be considered as a factor at any such dangerousness hearing rather
than just the alleged crime that is currently before the court,” said
Kyes, Chelsea Police Chief and President of the Massachusetts Major City
Chiefs. “It is essential that in conducting a proper risk analysis in
order to determine whether the defendant is to be considered a potential danger
to any victim, witness or to the public in general, that their past criminal
history – especially as it pertains to previous convictions for violent crimes
– is considered and weighed based on its relevancy pertaining to a demonstrated
propensity to commit violence. This bill will rectify the existing gap that
currently occurs during a dangerousness hearing.”
The legislation also expands the list of
offenses which can provide grounds for a dangerousness hearing including crimes
of sexual abuse and crimes of threatened or potential violence. It also follows
the long-standing federal model in including a defendant’s history of serious
criminal convictions as grounds that may warrant a dangerousness hearing.
Current law requires courts to focus only on the crime charged and ignore a
defendant’s criminal history when determining whether the defendant may be the
subject of this sort of hearing.
Additional provisions of this legislation:
•Improves the system for notifying victims
of crimes of abuse and other dangerous crimes when a defendant is going to be
released by creating clear lines of responsibility among police, prosecutors
and corrections personnel to notify victims about an offender’s imminent
release from custody, and create a six-hour window for authorities to inform a
victim before an offender is allowed to be released.
•Creates a new felony offense for cutting
off a court-ordered GPS device.
•Requires that the courts develop a text
message service to remind defendants of upcoming court dates, reducing the
chance they will forget and have a warrant issued for their arrest.
•Allows dangerousness hearings at any point
during a criminal proceeding, rather than requiring a prosecutor to either seek
a hearing immediately or forfeit that ability entirely, even if circumstances
later arise indicating that the defendant poses a serious risk to the
•Requires that the probation department,
bail commissioners and bail magistrates notify authorities who can take
remedial action when a person who is on pre-trial release commits a new offense
anywhere in the Commonwealth or elsewhere.
•Creates a level playing field for appeals
of district court release decisions to the superior court by allowing appeals
by prosecutors, in addition to defendants, and giving more deference to
determinations made in the first instance by our district court judges.
•Creates a task force to recommend adding
information to criminal records so that prosecutors and judges can make more
informed recommendations and decisions about conditions of release and possible
detention on grounds of dangerousness.
also closes loopholes at the start and end of the criminal process that
currently limit or prevent effective action to address legitimate safety concerns.
It extends the requirement that police take the fingerprints of people arrested
for felonies to all people arrested, regardless of the charge, to ensure that
decisions about release can be made with knowledge of a person’s true identity
and full criminal history. It also allows, for the first time, bail
commissioners and bail magistrates to consider dangerousness in deciding
whether to release an arrestee from a police station when court is out of
On Dec. 31, at 10 p.m., officers were
dispatched to 144 Bloomingdale St. for a report of a past armed
robbery. Upon arrival, Officers spoke to the victim who stated while
driving his car he was cut off by a vehicle on Bloomingdale St. He told
officers that the two males exited the sedan and approached him saying that he
had just struck their car.
The passengers of the suspect’s car then
proceeded to rob him of his wallet and its contents. A short time later, the
officers received information on the whereabouts of the suspect vehicle and
stopped it. The victim was able to identify the two males in the car as the
persons that robbed him. Both were taken into custody.
Rigoberto Ruiz-Cadiz, 22, of 146
Bloomingdale St.; and Efrain Alicea, 22, of 64 Addison St., were both charged with
NEW YEAR’S (WINDOW)
On Jan. 1, at 11:30 a.m., CPD officers
responded to 140 Shawmut St. for a report of an intoxicated male party that had
destroyed a window to a residence. Upon arrival, a witness pointed out the male
individual who caused the damage. He was placed under arrest for malicious
destruction of property.
Ernesto Bonilla, 18, of East Boston, was
charged with malicious destruction of property under $1,200.
TRIED TO USE A STOLEN
On Jan. 3, at 6:50 p.m., CPD officers
responded to the Homewood Suites Inn for a report of a male party attempting to
use a stolen credit card. At the hotel, the officers spoke with a hotel
employee, who stated that the suspect just fled the hotel after he tried to pay
for a room with a stolen credit card. A short time later, the same male was
attempting to secure a room at the Residence Inn with another stolen credit
card. He was placed under arrest.
Andy Joseph, 34, of 1 Webster Ave., was
charged with unlicensed operation, possession of an open container in a motor
vehicle, larceny of a credit card, and two counts of uttering/forging a credit
On Jan. 5, at 10:55 a.m., a CPD officer on
foot was patrolling Luther Place. The officer observed a male party in the
area behind 466 Broadway drinking out of a bottle of liquor. The male was
placed under arrest drinking in public.
Jose Martinez, 56, of East Boston, was
charged with violating the public drinking ordinance.
DA ROLLINS CHOOSES
CHIEF OF STAFF
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael
Rollins announced last week that Jennifer Grace Miller will be her Chief of
Staff, citing Miller’s broad experience in senior government positions,
including stints at two statewide law enforcement agencies.
Miller’s first day will be Feb. 1, 2019.
Miller has most recently served as Counsel
to the Massachusetts Senate, where she was the chief legal counsel to 40
senators and approximately 200 staff members. Prior to joining the Senate,
Miller was Chief of the Government Bureau in the Massachusetts Attorney
General’s office. As Chief, Miller supervised roughly 100 lawyers and staff in
three divisions. She previously served as the Bureau’s Deputy Chief and as an
assistant attorney general in the Administrative Law Division, focusing
primarily on civil appellate work. Among other high-profile litigation, Miller
argued the Massachusetts buffer zone case,McCullen v. Coakley, at the United
States Supreme Court.
Miller began her public service career as
Senior Staff Counsel at the Supreme Judicial Court. She then served as
Assistant Solicitor General in the New York Attorney General’s office.
“Jennifer Grace Miller is a smart, dedicated
public servant with deep experience managing complex government institutions
and sophisticated litigation,” District Attorney Rollins said. “She has worked
in all three branches of government and will bring a trusted set of skills and
perspective to the District Attorney’s office.”
She also serves
as a Commissioner on the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission.
Dilcia Menjivar, 31, 39 Lawton Ave., Lynn,
was arrested for intimidation.
Rigoberto Ruiz-Cadiz, 22, 146 Bloomingdale
St., Chelsea, was arrested for armed robbery.
Efrain Alicea, 22, 64 Addison St., Chelsea, was
arrested for armed robbery.
Ernesto Bonilla, 18, 155 Lexington St., East
Boston, was arrested for malicious destruction of property.
Julio Portillo, 52, Pine Street Inn, Boston,
was arrested for resisting arrest and on a warrant.
Yancarlos Mejia-Gonzalez, 31, 72 Upham St.,
Malden, was arrested for operating motor vehicle with suspended license,
failing to stop for police, red light violation and immigration detainer.
Darnell Booth, 37, 560 Beach St., Revere,
was arrested for probation warrant.
Carlos Ramos, 51, 27 Watts St., Chelsea, was
arrested for operating motor vehicle unlicensed.
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John Lewis, 34, 292 Salem St., Revere, was
arrested on a warrant.
Andy Joseph, 34, 1 Webster Ave., Chelsea,
was arrested for operating motor vehicle unlicensed, possessing open container
of alcohol in motor vehicle, larceny of credit card, utter forged credit card
Jose Martinez, 56, 264 Bennington St., East
Boston, was arrested for ordinance violation of alcoholic beverage,
Faisal Yerow, 23, 120 Central Ave., Chelsea,
was arrested for probation warrant.
Quincy Parker, 42, 90 Marlborough St., Chelsea,
was arrested on a warrant.
The Massachusetts Department of Revenue confirmed last week that the required revenue metrics have been met to ensure the state’s Part B income tax rate will drop on Jan. 1, 2019 from the current 5.10 percent to 5.05 percent.
“A strong economy and careful management of the Commonwealth’s finances have created the conditions for Massachusetts taxpayers to get a much-deserved break,” said Gov. Charlie Baker. “We are pleased that next year we will see taxpayers be able to keep more of their hard-earned money.”
A state law enacted in 2002 provides the statutory mechanism to lower the Part B individual income tax rate, based on certain revenue milestones. The legislation replaced a tax-rate reduction schedule that had passed by ballot initiative in November 2000.
“I was pleased to receive confirmation from the Department of Revenue that the revenue trigger had been met. This reflects steady revenue growth and a nice break for taxpayers,” said Administration and Finance Secretary Michael J. Heffernan.
The law provides that for each tax year in which certain inflation-adjusted baseline revenue growth requirements are met, the income tax rate will be reduced by increments of 0.05 percentage points until the rate reaches 5 percent.
Part B income includes wages, salary, and many other forms of income, including self-employment income; business, professional and farm income; S corporation distributions; and rental income from personal property. The rate associated with Part B income is also applied to several other income categories, including interest and dividends and most long-term capital gains.
There are five revenue tests that determine whether a rate reduction is required, beginning with growth in revenue over the previous fiscal year, and including a series of four additional growth measures. If any one of the incremental tests is not met, the rate reduction does not proceed. With DOR’s certification of the most recent revenue measure, all five tests in 2018 have now been met.
The rate reduction was last triggered on Jan. 1, 2016, when it dropped from 5.15% to 5.10%. Previous reductions included:
Jan. 1, 2012 (rate reduced from 5.3% to 5.25%)
Jan. 1, 2014 (rate reduced from 5.25% to 5.2%)
Jan. 1, 2015 (rate reduced from 5.2% to 5.15%)
The state budget for Fiscal 2019 accounted for the income tax rate change, which is projected to reduce tax revenue by approximately $84 million in Fiscal Year 2019 and approximately $175 million in Fiscal Year 2020.
If revenues in 2019 are sufficient to trigger a further rate reduction, the Part B income tax rate will drop to 5% for the 2020 tax year.