Chancellor J. Keith Motley is quoted in this article on new Vice Chancellor for Government Relations and Public Affairs Edward M. Lambert. The former Fall River mayor and state representative most recently served as commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Director of Financial Aid Judy Keyes says UMass Boston students haven’t given much feedback on the new “shopping sheet,” a federal initiative that aims to standardize the presentation of financial aid data.
Political Science Department Chairman Paul Watanabe says Republican Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez may have to “rethink his line of attack” in the race against Democratic foe Ed Markey, focusing more on his compelling personal story and less on maligning his opponent.
Associate Professor of Political Science Maurice Cunningham says Senate candidate Ed Markey is distinguishing himself by building his campaign on the issue of climate change. Markey’s environmentalism doesn’t stand out in liberal Massachusetts, but the issue is more contentious in other places.
Associate Professor of Political Science Maurice Cunningham says the Markey-Gomez race for Senate is inspiring in Democrats a fear of “Brownophobia”—the terror of a fluke victory by a Republican in a special election, as in Scott Brown’s 2010 win.
Institute for Asian American Studies Director Paul Watanabe discusses the factors that complicate a proposal by Sen. Orrin Hatch to collect back taxes from undocumented workers as part of an immigration reform bill. The article also cites a UMass Boston study showing that households led by immigrant workers paid $1.36 billion in taxes in 2009.
Article summarizing the statements made by pension experts testifying before the ERISA Advisory Council. Ellen Bruce, director of the Gerontology Institute and its Pension Action Center, testified on the issue of lost participants and lost pension plans.