The $15 minimum wage a guarantee for descent into poverty and hopelessness

By Josh Resnek

The New year begins with Massachusetts becoming a mandatory $15 an hour minimum wage state. Think about this.
If you are an Everett head of household working a job in a fast food outlet, or a gas station, or in a super market, a hospital, an old age home or in any number of non-public service jobs, the $15 an hour guaranteed wage barely allows you to survive.

If you work a 40 hour week at $15 an hour, you don’t need to be a math whiz to estimate your income – $600 a week, before taxes are taken out.

The $600 gross becomes closer to $460 net. If you live in an apartment with your wife and two children at $1600 rent per month, this would leave you with about $240 for gas and electric, food, automobile, cell phone, Internet connection, heat and cable for the flat screen.

Bottom line, at the minimum wage working 40 hours a week, the most likely possibilities are poverty and constant economic worry.

There is no survival for the weary working minimum wage jobs in Massachusetts, or just about anywhere these days across the nation.

Now let’s say there are two minimum wage workers in the family, the mother and the father, working a total of 80 hours a week and taking home $920 a week.

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Senate passes $200 million for transportation, budget

Last week, Senator DiDomenico and his colleagues in the Massachusetts State Senate, passed legislation to invest in municipal transportation projects and extend the Fiscal and Management Control Board. Thursday’s action also included the passage of an interim or 1/12 budget to ensure essential services continue to receive adequate funding. This 1/12th budget was signed into law by the governor Friday June 26, 2020.

“This investment in municipal transportation is a win-win: by funding shovel-ready improvement projects now, we can kick start our economy, all while moving forward with the development of a safe and equitable transit system for decades to come,” said Senator Sal DiDomenico. The transportation infrastructure bill, An Act financing improvements to municipal roads and bridges, authorizes $200 million in municipal roads and bridges funding, and includes $641,000 for the City of Everett. The legislation also renews leadership for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) by extending the Fiscal and Management Control Board for another year and maintaining the Board’s current authority.

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Gifted hoop ends up in mayor’s driveway with no explanation

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A full sized basketball hoop in front of 75 Abbott Ave. on June 9, 2020 in Everett, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

BY JOSH RESNEK

Three professional level basketball nets and stanchions donated by Catholic Memorial High School to the city of Everett have found their way into the mayor’s driveway and to a friend’s driveway, with no explanation, yet, coming from the mayor.

“He is upset and disturbed by this,” a source told the Leader Herald regarding the Catholic Memorial official who made the donation in behalf of the high school to the city.

The three Under Armour professional level nets and stanchions are advertised on the Internet and Amazon.com for about $12,000 new. The donated pieces have barely been used. They are in pristine condition.

Their estimated value is about $30,000.

Under Chapter 268A of the Massachusetts General Laws, the mayor and his aide, Jerry Navarro, who took the pieces from Catholic Memorial for the city, are liable under that statute if it is proven the basketball nets and stanchions now in private use were intended for public use in the city of Everett.

“The Catholic Memorial official who made the donation to the city of Everett will stand by his word,” said the source.

“These were for the city specifically, not for the mayor and his friend,” he added.

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Driving with cell phone a very bad Call

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By Josh Resnek

Driving while holding a cell phone has just been outlawed in Massachusetts.

Making a call or texting with a cell phone while driving is now illegal – and according to the State Police, the law will be enforced on the State’s highways.

Local police departments will also be implementing policies to enforce the law, which was signed into effect Monday afternoon at the State House by Governor Charlie Baker.

This means that all Everett drivers using cell phones while driving on the city’s many streets will be subjecting themselves to possible enforcement by the Everett Police Department.

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Mayor Readying to Turn Over Private E-mails as Directed

By Josh Resnek

City Clerk Sergio Cornelio is preparing to turn over a number of the mayor’s private e-mails to a local news organization following an order from the Secretary of State’s office requiring them to do so.

After first refusing to hand over the mayor’s private e-mails used for public business, the request from MassLive.com was appealed to the Secretary of State’s office.

About two weeks ago, the mayor and Cornelio were given ten days to respond by the state’s supervisor of records, Rebecca Murray.

“The city is working right now to comply with our order,” said a lawyer with the Secretary of State’s office who wished to remain unnamed in response to a query about the situation from the Leader Herald Monday morning.

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