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Still clouds and overcast in Springfield's finances, but it is improving...so far. (WMassP&I)

Briefings: Gray Fiscal Skies Continue to Clear in Springfield…

Budget release day in Springfield has been less of a somber affair in recent years. During five years of Control Board rule followed by the economic crisis beginning in 2008, doing more with far less was a constant and self-defeating, if unavoidable refrain in the

The courts may have the final word on residency...and perhaps much more in Springfield. (created via wikipedia, Spfld City Hall & WMassP&I images)

Editorial: Agnosticism on Residency, Zeal for the Rule of Law…

When Springfield at-large City Council Justin Hurst released his General Government Committee’s Thursday agenda, there were signs that the Council was inching toward a Rubicon. The meeting will discuss compliance with the city’s residency’s ordinance, expiration of waivers and the applicability to the fire chiefs,

In their court now. (WMassP&I)

Employee Residency Battle Ignites Anew in Springfield…

UPDATED 10:26AM: For grammar & clarity. Touching off a fresh battle in a politically fraught issue, the Springfield City Council voted to strengthen the city’s employee residency ordinance Monday night. As expected, if surprisingly quickly, Mayor Domenic Sarno vetoed the measure the next day and sent

There is unused power in this room. (WMassP&I)

Analysis: The Rusting Rule of Law in Springfield…

UPDATED 9:17AM: For grammar & clarity. Last week the Springfield City Council stood up and demanded that Mayor Domenic Sarno (as well as other appointing authorities) fulfill their obligations and appoint individuals to dormant boards and commissions of the city. As important as that public

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Take My Council, Please: Déjà Vu et Déjà Dit…

SPRINGFIELD—With MGM off its docket after weeks of reviews and hearings, the City Council returned its focus to its normal duties. Greeted with a lengthy and technical agenda on bond authorizations and contract approvals, the meeting opened with a push from the community for the

Mayor Domenic Sarno and City Solicitor Ed Pikula, right, have tried to neuter the Council by legal opinion. (WMassP&I)

Editorial: Springfield’s Little Things Can Matter the Most…

In the past week, there has been good news from Springfield city government. Efforts to improve the quality of life of current city residents have moved forward. Last week Mayor Domenic Sarno opened a new front against illegal dumping and today came the announcement of

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Take My Council, Please: Only the End of the Beginning (Hopefully)…

UPDATED: 1/16/16 1:29PM: To reflect a correction. Councilor Edwards led the Maintenance Development Committee in 2015, not Walsh, the 2016 chair. SPRINGFIELD—Opening its first meeting with new members with the election of a new City Clerk, the City Council began what some hope will be