Interesting Times in Massachusetts State Government
Meet Your State Legislators
by June Meyers
With a conglomerate of over 600 local businesses comprising its membership, the Chamber of Commerce closely monitors developments in the State legislature which could impact the day-to-day operation and general livelihood of those businesses.
Local media outlets have been closely following the potential suspension of state Senator Dan Wolf’s gubernatorial run due to a conflict of interest issue which may preclude him from holding public office. The State Ethics Commission has determined that Wolf’s 20% ownership in Cape Air should bar his run for Governor because the airline maintains contracts with the Massachusetts Port Authority to fly in and out of Boston’s Logan International Airport. The Commission, however, granted Wolf an extension until September 19, allowing him to retain his Senate seat. In the interim, Wolf has filed a petition with the State Ethics Commission proposing an exemption to the conflict-of-interest law. The outcome will be of particular interest to business owners, as Wolf’s private sector experience as part-owner of Cape Air is at the heart of the conflict of interest allegation.
To encourage education about the workings of State government in general, the Chamber of Commerce is hosting a legislative Meet & Greet at A.K. Diamond’s, 16 Macy Lane, on Friday, September 13 from 12-2 PM. Senator Dan Wolf, as well as Representatives Sarah Peake and Tim Madden will speak, followed by a question-and-answer session. A light luncheon will be served. The cost is $30 for Chamber members, and $40 for non- members, which includes lunch, beverage and gratuity. Please call the Chamber at 508-228-3643 to RSVP.