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Our goal is to help people transform state politics. We investigate why it’s so broken, imagine what we could have here in Massachusetts if we fixed it, and report on how you can get involved. If you believe in fighting for social justice, in reducing inequality, in health care for all, in affordable housing, in reforming our criminal justice system, and if you want to be part of getting these policies – and more – passed, then this is the podcast for you.
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Please donate to the show! Today we will be talking about corporate interests, lobbyists, and how they influence housing bills, from the state level to the city level here in Medford. We focus on the case of the real estate transfer fee and repercussions that we've seen recently. Jonathan Cohn and Anna Callahan chat about Massachusetts politics. Th…
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Please donate to the show! Today we discuss what's happening with the budget, how the budget process is not meeting our needs, how different it is from what we voted for it to be. And then we dig in to talk about a number of specific topics, including inflation, earmarks, taxes and more. Jordan Berg Powers, Jonathan Cohn, and Anna Callahan chat abo…
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Please donate to the show! Today we discuss ballot initiatives, the committee in the legislature that has now "dealt" with ballot initiatives, and the wonderful way they did so with a predetermined outcome. We're also talking about the end product, and organizers and advocates who ignore the rigged nature of the votes. Jordan Berg Powers, Jonathan …
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Please donate to the show! Today we cover the politics of Earth Day and sustainability, some upcoming environmental lawsuits, and the role of corporations and government versus our role in preserving our planet. And no environmental discussion would be complete without coral reefs, fast fashion, American consumerism, and climate inequality. Jordan …
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Please donate to the show! Today we cover a Supreme Court case about corruption, and the little decisions that lead up to people eventually making horrible corrupt decisions. We also discuss the hollowing out of the middle class and how that has affected corruption as we see it in government, and the important implications for democracy. Jordan Ber…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about today we talk about how the media does not expect for conservatives to govern and only puts all of that burden on the Democrats and how that affects all sorts of issues, from abortion to climate to taxation, including all sorts of state issues and local issues and national issues. Jordan Berg Powers, J…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about today we talk about the Governor's Council -- what they do, the unofficial tenure of the people who've been on there for decades, their (lack of) diversity and how this affects the lives of people who have been incarcerated here in Massachusetts. Jean Trounstine and Harry Margolis join Jonathan Cohn an…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about the three times when the state legislature broke the law instead of passing progressive policy, to make sure that they crushed progressive policy. And those times include crushing clean elections (getting money out of politics), Medicare for All (healthcare as a right for all people who live here), and…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about who the government really works for. Does our government work for you? Does our government work for vulnerable people? Does our government work for the bottom 50% of wage earners? And if not, who does it work for? We'll talk a little bit about the grand bargain, big lobbies like real estate and insuran…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about the Department of Public Utilities decision that happened in December, where they made some decisions about the future of gas in the state of Massachusetts. We also discuss a little bit of environmental history in Massachusetts, the reality of distributed environmental justice, and how Massachusetts co…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about Joint Rule 10 Day, which is a deadline for getting bills passed through certain hoops before they can pass through other hoops. This includes bills like the Transfer Fee, Debt Free College, Rent Control, PILOT Reform, Public Banking, Medicare for All, Prison Moratorium, Safe Communities Act, Vote 16, a…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about cities versus the state, and how the Massachusetts state constitution prevents cities' duly-elected city councilors from passing a whole swath of policy locally that residents need. We discuss home rule, how we compare to other states, and how inefficient the state's oversight is. Jordan Berg Powers, J…
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Please donate to the show! Today we are talking about the governor's proposed budget. We're talking about where that money comes from, how things are getting paid for as well now. We also cover some questions, like: Can things be changed in the middle of the year like what happens next? How do we compare with other states? Phineas Baxandall from th…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about why so-called "state wins" are actually small potatoes. We dive into how we hear from state reps or state senators "Hey, look at these amazing things that we did," and how looking into their boasts reveals that not a lot of actual change was made compared to what else could they be doing with their tim…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about public banking--what it is, why it matters, and how you might be helped by it. We discuss how it might affect communities of color, women-owned businesses, cooperatives, and small farms, as well as the political movement for and history of public banking. And then we dive into a super wonky little subj…
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Today we talk about Governor Healy's 9C budget cuts. We'll dive into how it affects our funding of programs that we need, tying it to the Fair Share amendment and tax cuts that they passed. We will be talking about how you know the downturn is affecting all of us, government programs in need of investment, and explore the state budget. This is the …
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about the new regulations around shelters. We go into how Covid has affected homelessness as well as legislation to make things easier for a lot of the people who are homeless today. And of course, we will be exploring some of the deeper values that we share here among the listeners of our podcast and the un…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk to two wonderful experts about parole and what needs to change about it. We talk about how long people can be on parole, how many people return to jail because they break some small technical aspect of parole, and what we need to do here in Massachusetts to make parole more humane and better for our society.…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about the results of the local elections from Nov 7. We'll go over Boston, Worcester, and Medford in some detail, as well as quick updates for Malden, Somerville, Everett, Revere, Springfield, Newton, Marlborough, & Waltham. We also talk about how the electorate for local and state elections has changed sinc…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about city elections in Massachusetts. We'll cover why local elections matter, how to vote, and what to look for in local elected officials. Jordan Berg Powers, Jonathan Cohn, and Anna Callahan to chat about Massachusetts politics. This is the audio version of the Incorruptible Mass podcast, season 5 episode…
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Please donate to the show! Cue the spooky music! Today we chat with Erin from Act on Mass about all the bills should have passed but died in the state legislature. Many of these bills have been around for years, and often they die not because they are voted down, but because leadership never allows them to come up for a vote! Erin Leahy joins Jorda…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about the $4B housing bond bill. You may think it allocates $4B to affordable housing, but in fact, our state has cut funding for affordable housing, rental assistance, and the unhoused. This bill simply allows the state to go into up to $4B of debt that will potentially be used for affordable housing. Liste…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk with Evan MacKay, President of the Harvard Graduate Students Union about workers rights. We cover the UAW strikes across the country as well as what is happening here in Massachusetts, including worker-centered policies like worker safety and right to strike. Evan MacKay joins Jordan Berg Powers, Jonathan Co…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about the MBTA, and how it has been under-funded for decades. Public transit can be such a benefit to society and to our future sustainability. We talk about what recent developments are influencing transportation as well as some of the fare-free options in Massachusetts. Jim Aloisi joins Jordan Berg Powers,…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about how we can provide higher education in a way that does not leave people struggling with debt for decades. We talk to three experts about both the Cherish Act and the Debt Free Future Act. You'll hear how our current higher ed system impacts people, not only students but also our educators. Max Page, El…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about transparency. Massachusetts is the only state where all three branches of government are exempt from public records law. Andrew Quemere, host of The Mass Dump and Lights Out Mass, joins us to talk specifically about the governor's track record on this issue, as well as ongoing law suits in MA about tra…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk to Vatsady Sivongxay about the Thrive Act. We'll talk about receivership and why it is so damaging especially for our BIPOC community, as well as about the MCAS, what it does to our kids, and we'll also talk about the positive vision the Thrive Act provides. Jordan Berg Powers, Jonathan Cohn, and Anna Callah…
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Please donate to the show! Today we discuss seven of the proposed ballot measures for 2024. We cover 1. one fair wage, 2. rent control, 3. same day voter registration, 4. MCAS, 5. Uber/Lyft, 6. auditing the legislature, and 7. psychedelics. We'll give you our analysis of each of these so you understand how they might impact you and those you love. …
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Please donate to the show! Today we give you an update on the budget for the state of Massachusetts -- a few good things that are in it, but also a 30,000-ft view of why it does not meet the needs of our residents. We also cover the climate crisis this summer and how our state government and the media are not doing their part to avert even deeper c…
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Please donate to the show! Every other curriculum framework in Massachusetts has been updated in the last nine years -- except sex education. Ours currently does not include consent, is not required to be medically accurate, and leaves out LGBTQ+. And is it a coincidence that we are now considering updating it when we have an LGBTQ+ friendly govern…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about location data -- did you know that many companies track your location and then sell that info to the highest bidder? We are joined by Kade Crockford of the ACLU to talk about the Location Shield Act in Massachusetts, which would ban companies from selling our cell phone location information. Kade Crock…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about the Supreme Court decisions on affirmative action and on student debt. While higher education institutions with billion-dollar endowments are now bemoaning this decision that makes it more difficult to ensure that people of color have opportunities to attend, they still refuse to pay their fair share o…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about housing. With the Senate increasing funding for HDIP, is this actually solving our housing crisis? We'll talk about all the more effective strategies that are bills at the State House and could allow municipalities to protect tenants and slow down our skyrocketing housing costs. Mark Martinez joins Jor…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about the state Senate's version of the budget, and specifically their tax package. Thankfully, this relies less heavily on cutting taxes for the rich (capital gains and estate taxes), but it does have some details that could use improvement. We also discuss why there is no public discussion and analysis of …
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk with Evan George of Bostopia News. We talk about Boston politics, local vs state politics, the recent redistricting in Boston and why it's to be questioned, as well as touching on media bias against progressive voices and why it's so important to have people like Evan covering these issues on his podcast and…
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Please donate to the show! Today we take on another question from a listener about youth voting. There are ten municipalities in Massachusetts that have passed legislation allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in municipal elections. In Massachusetts, these have to be approved by the state (by Home Rule Petitions) -- and yet the state has approved …
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Please donate to the show! This week in activism! Wednesday, May 31st - Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s advocacy day at the State House Thursday June 1st, 10am Lobby Day for Homes for All including rent control and foreclosure prevention June 6, 11am, Local Option for Housing Affordability - Day of action at the state house room 4…
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Please donate to the show! Today we take on a listener's question: how do we pay for a single-payer, Medicare for All-style health care system at the state level? We go over what happened in Vermont when they tried to pass one, as well as how it will be paid for here in Massachusetts according to the bill that has been in the legislature for decade…
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Please donate to the show! IM news for Tuesday, May 23, 2023. This week’s activism: May 24, 9am - State of Education in the Commonwealth. Suffolk University Sargent Hall May 30 10am - Healthy Youth Act lobby day at the State House Wednesday, May 31st - MA Commission on the Status of Women’s advocacy day at the State House Thursday June 1st, 10am Lo…
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Please donate to the show! If you're a candidate, everyone will ask you why you are running for office. And you'd better have a good answer. Sadly, most candidates answer this question in a way that is not good for their campaign. We will talk you through how to craft a compelling short answer that is both personal and inspiring to voters and endor…
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Please donate to the show! IM news for Tuesday, May 9, 2023. This week’s activism! May 16 1pm - support Massachusetts Social Workers at their lobbying for the SUPER Act at the State House May 20, 21 - Mass Alliance Grassroots Campaign Training for candidates MA also has their Grassroots Organizing Academy running from May 15 - June 14 Wednesday, Ma…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about the budget that just passed in the State House. We'll tell you what's in it, what's not in it, what should be in it, what we're irritated about in terms of the way that they passed it. From no-cost-calls for prisoners to free pre-K to free community college to tackling climate change, we're covering it…
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Please donate to the show! This is IM news for Tuesday, May 2, 2023. This Week’s Activism! All week – Families for Justice as Healing Week of Action for No New Women’s Prison - see their site for opportunities to take action May 2nd 6:30pm Acton Climate Coalition - Building with Clean Energy May 4th 10am – MassCare lobby day to pass Medicare for Al…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk to Manny Alvarado from Manny Jae Media. His podcasts and videos celebrate and give voice to the Black, brown, and LGBTQ communities in Worcester. Manny has amazing stories from his childhood and from his current work, and we also talk about systemic oppression in different areas. Jordan Berg Powers, Jonathan…
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Please donate to the show! This is IM news for Wednesday, April 26. This Week’s Activism! •Wed 4/26 3-4:30pm Acton Water Wise Nature Walk Meet @ Bruce Freeman Rail Trail 4 guided walk •A27th 6-8pm 15th Taste of Dorchester, 256 Freeport St •Noon-4 Saturday, April 29: Poor People's Campaign Statewide Meeting in Springfield •May 4th 10am – MassCare lo…
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Please donate to the show! Today we interview Jess Nahigian from the Sierra Club Massachusetts. We cover what environmental legislation was passed last cycle, where Massachusetts is falling behind on implementation, and how we can all bring more joy to our climate work. Jordan Berg Powers, Jonathan Cohn, and Anna Callahan chat about Massachusetts p…
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Please donate to the show here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/impodcast This is Incorruptible Mass news for Wednesday, April 18th, 2023. This Week’s Activism! 3:30pm Friday April 21 - Earth Day in Love and Rage Boston City Hall 2pm Saturday April 22nd – MAPA Peace and Justice agenda with legislators Noon-4 Saturday, April 29: Poor People's Camp…
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Please donate to the show! Today we analyze this week's news. We talk about Trump's indictment and how that relates to Massachusetts state politics. We talk about California's new environmental legislation and the hoops they had to go through to pass it. New Yorks climate law might have died on the implementation table -- we talk about how importan…
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Climate, International, National and Massachusetts State news, as well as your Action Announcements where you can hear when and where to show up to transform our beautiful state. Thanks for tuning in! Please let us know of any other actions we can announce: info@incorruptiblemass.org. And donate to the show: incorruptiblemass.org/podcast…
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Please donate to the show! Today we talk about the tax package that is moving through the house, senate, and governor's office. In a state that overly burdens low- and middle-income folks with taxes, and shortly after our state voted to increase taxes on the most wealthy, this tax plan includes multiple tax cuts for exactly those wealthy people. We…
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