8/17/22 7:00 AM
... MassDEP has a new deputy press secretary with private sector experience ... Auditor Bump's former deputy communications director starts this week in a senior communications role at the ABL ... Fallon Health added a new role focused on Medicare and Medicaid members ... Mass. Climate Action Network is experiencing changeover at the top ... And there's a new food justice director at Boston City Hall ... Enjoy The Personnel File ...
8/17/22 6:00 AM
More than half a decade after supporters launched their first effort to put a ballot question imposing a higher tax rate on wealthy households before voters, the campaign shifted into a new gear Wednesday morning.
8/16/22 5:48 PM
As the House and Senate's overtime talks around tax relief and economic development stretch on, Senate President Karen Spilka suggested Tuesday that Gov. Charlie Baker might end up being the one to put forward a bill to provide funding for things like housing, hospitals and electric vehicle policies.
8/16/22 5:28 PM
Ten Massachusetts municipalities will be able to restrict the use of fossil fuels in construction or major renovation projects under a new clean energy law, and the state's largest city wants to be in the mix.
8/16/22 3:22 PM
Two Massachusetts lawmakers running for statewide office want their colleagues to reconvene and take up a stalled economic development and tax relief bill, and the mayor joining them in the race for lieutenant governor called the Legislature's inaction on the issue "insulting."
8/16/22 3:06 PM
Former President Donald Trump emerged as a wedge in Monday's debate between the two Republican candidates for lieutenant governor, with one citing Trump as a model and the other saying that too close of an association with the 45th president is a losing formula in the Bay State.
8/16/22 11:07 AM
With a federal investigation casting a shadow over the MBTA, likely Democratic gubernatorial nominee Maura Healey announced Tuesday she would overhaul the T's leadership and target both short- and long-term reforms to the state's transportation network. Healey rolled out a lengthy transportation plan, calling hazards across the system "unacceptable" and the "first challenge she will take on" if elected to the corner office in November.
8/15/22 6:00 PM
Last week's Governor's Council meeting -- which was set to include a controversial Parole Board vote -- was not actually nixed due to a lack of attendance but instead was scuttled ahead of time by the Baker administration, two councilors said.
8/15/22 4:38 PM
Massachusetts amateur baseball will be featured on the national stage this week as an American Legion team from Shrewsbury and Little Leaguers from Middleborough each battle for their league's respective World Series titles.
8/15/22 4:13 PM
The state board of education voted Monday to raise the minimum score that this year's incoming freshman class and at least the four classes that follow will have to attain on the MCAS test in order to graduate high school, a controversial decision that was blasted by teachers union officials and a handful of lawmakers.
8/15/22 3:13 PM
Gov. Charlie Baker is holding out hope that top Democrats will reach agreement on some form of their shelved tax relief and spending bill, even though the August decrescendo represents what he called "a tough time."
8/15/22 2:22 PM
Massachusetts school districts were told Monday they should focus their COVID-19 mitigation strategies towards vulnerable and symptomatic individuals this coming school year instead of deploying universal masking requirements or surveillance testing of asymptomatic students and staff.
8/15/22 1:43 PM
The state's three gaming centers raked in nearly $100 million in gross gaming revenue last month with more than $27.6 million bound for the state's coffers, the Gaming Commission announced Monday.
8/12/22 4:43 PM
As lawmakers vacation or campaign ahead of the Sept. 6 primaries, the August sales tax holiday weekend is the only form of tax relief they've made available to Massachusetts residents who are feeling numb from the higher costs of everything. The 6.25 percent sales tax will be suspended for two days (Aug. 13 and 14) while the state sits on a massive fiscal 2022 surplus and a record rainy day fund account balance. House and Senate Democrats intended to pass $1 billion in tax relief to go along with more than $3 billion in spending, but shelved their economic development bill at the start of this month and haven't returned to it, at least publicly.
8/12/22 10:47 AM
Gaming regulators will sit down with the state's casinos, simulcast centers and slots parlor next week to get a better sense of what they have planned for sports betting, and the Gaming Commission is thinking about whether those facilities will have a fast track to getting up and running first.
8/11/22 5:30 PM
Gov. Charlie Baker was able to overcome his agita and on Thursday signed the Legislature's compromise offshore wind and climate policy bill, but he aired "deep misgivings" with some parts of the law and the way the House and Senate addressed his suggestions.
8/11/22 5:28 PM
Top Democrats are disappointed in Gov. Charlie Baker's proposal to alter the MBTA reporting and electrification requirements marbled into an $11.3 billion bond bill, arguing that the changes "will delay our progress towards our long-term transportation and climate goals."
8/11/22 5:26 PM
Nearly six years after voters approved legalizing recreational marijuana and almost four years since legal sales began, Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law the first major step of its kind by state government to bolster the nascent industry and tear down obstacles that its participants face.
8/11/22 4:28 PM
Tens of thousands of Boston-area commuters who will have their trips upended for a month by an imminent MBTA shutdown could get a clearer look at available travel alternatives on Friday.
8/17/22 10:23 AM
Tuesday's signing ceremony for the state's new mental health law was more than the celebration of another legislative achievement for Senate President Karen Spilka. It was also affirmation that a childhood clouded by a parent's untreated mental health issues had been worth it.
8/16/22 2:02 PM
After five separate incidents in which patrons at Encore Boston Harbor's Memoire nightclub, some of them underage, were served more alcohol than they should have been, the Mass. Gaming Commission has fined the nightclub operator $25,000 and the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission is upping its presence there.
8/16/22 9:09 AM
Sky-high prices and rising mortgage rates have put a bit of a chill on the Massachusetts housing market this summer, but the analysts at The Warren Group said Tuesday that the cooling of the market might be just what it needs.
8/15/22 2:48 PM
If you were thinking about hopping in your car to avoid the patchwork of shuttle buses or infrequent commuter rail trains when the Orange Line goes offline Friday night, state officials have a simple message: don't.
8/15/22 11:56 AM
The Senate on Monday sent to committee Gov. Charlie Baker's veto of language from the cannabis industry reform bill that would have commissioned a study on medical marijuana use at K-12 schools. Senators also advanced liquor license bills for Tisbury, Norwood, and the Nantasket Beach area of Hull, along with a measure to exempt the positions of police chief and police captain in Leominster from the civil service law. - Sam Doran
8/15/22 11:54 AM
The end-of-session cleanup work continues on Beacon Hill and made up the bulk of the House's work during a brief informal session Monday morning. The House officially received and began to process the vetoes and amendments that Gov. Charlie Baker sent to the Legislature last week as his time to review the bills passed during the final weekend of July expired.
8/15/22 9:47 AM
For the second time in as many years, Salem State University has set a new record for the largest cash gift received by a Massachusetts state university, the school said.
8/12/22 4:31 PM
Triangles are the strongest shape, but there can be some level of conflict inherent with three-sided situations. When three interests are involved, they can either all be in agreement, each be on their own, or you find yourself in a two-against-one situation.
8/11/22 5:52 PM
Secretary of state candidate Tanisha Sullivan focused her campaign pitch on abortion rights Thursday, outlining an agenda to "activate" all divisions of the secretary's office in an effort to support abortion access and at the same time knocking incumbent Secretary William Galvin for his decades-old statements on the issue.
8/11/22 3:33 PM
State tax collections have surged in recent years to the point that nearly $3 billion in excess revenue could be returned to taxpayers, but so too has the amount of money that Massachusetts keeps stashed away and the state now has more than five times as much in its rainy day fund as it did five years ago.
8/11/22 3:09 PM
The ongoing outbreak of monkeypox has been declared a public health emergency by the World Health Organization and by President Joe Biden, and the state's entire Congressional delegation this week urged Gov. Charlie Baker to do the same in Massachusetts.
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