6/17/21 5:03 PM
New state regulations around vocational school admission policies are teed up for a Tuesday vote, and advocates are calling for changes before then to address what they see as shortcomings around access and equity. Ahead of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education vote on the regulations, the Vocational Education Justice Coalition has been meeting with board members.
6/17/21 4:48 PM
In an attempt to end the battle over who gets to spend nearly $5.2 billion in federal relief money, Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday pitched a plan that would see him cede much of his control over the aid to the Legislature, as long as lawmakers agree quickly to spend more than half on priorities such as home ownership assistance, substance abuse treatment and job training.
6/17/21 4:21 PM
While Massachusetts lawmakers have been slow-walking proposals to legalize sports betting here over the last three years, the revenue and jobs that the activity could provide has passed Massachusetts by as legal sports betting proliferates around the country and in nearby states, supporters told the Joint Committee on Economic Development on Thursday.
6/17/21 4:07 PM
The lack of affordable housing on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket exacerbated an already-dire year during the pandemic, forces island fire departments to rely on firefighters who commute by ferry, and will lead to scaled-back business services in the upcoming tourist season, local officials and experts said Thursday.
6/17/21 2:16 PM
Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Acting Mayor Kim Janey are scheduled to speak at an inaugural in-person Juneteenth celebration on Friday featuring music, speakers, and a film premiere, according to organizers.
6/17/21 2:06 PM
[Story Developing] The battle over who gets to spend nearly $5.2 billion in federal relief money raged on Thursday with Gov. Charlie Baker refusing to sign a bill that would give full control to the Legislature, and instead proposing a plan to spend more than half on priorities such as home ownership assistance.
6/17/21 1:35 PM
State lawmakers on Thursday agreed to schedule this year's sales tax holiday for the weekend of August 14 and 15. A 2018 law that put the state's minimum hourly wage on a gradual path to $15 and created the paid family and medical leave program also made the holiday, when the 6.25 percent sales tax is waived for many purchases, an annual fixture and tasked the Legislature with picking an exact date each August.
6/17/21 12:16 PM
Two days after its deadline for selecting an exact date, the Senate adopted a resolution on Thursday declaring Saturday, Aug. 14 and Sunday, Aug. 15 as this year's sales tax holiday weekend.
6/16/21 4:35 PM
A wide-ranging bill aimed at addressing a what advocates say is a youth behavioral health crisis would create a group tasked with state officials on behavioral health, provide technical assistance and professional development to school districts, and mandate age-appropriate behavioral health education.
6/16/21 4:22 PM
With Secretary of State William Galvin pressing to thwart a legislative effort to alter the traditional redistricting process, voting rights advocates said Wednesday they disagree with the Democrat when he suggests the reform is intended to give House incumbents an easier path to reelection.
6/16/21 2:50 PM
The combined organization of Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care will officially be known as Point32Health, the insurers announced Wednesday.
6/16/21 12:31 PM
Rep. James Kelcourse plans to launch a campaign for Amesbury mayor, the Republican announced Wednesday, in a bid that could lead to his mid-session departure from the House, if victorious.
6/16/21 11:53 AM
The urgency that permeated throughout the Legislature Tuesday afternoon as lawmakers moved to pass legislation extending certain pandemic-era policies appeared to have at least dissipated in the House Wednesday morning as the branch met for a brief two-minute session.
6/16/21 11:37 AM
Weekend service will return in July to the entire MBTA commuter rail network, nearly six months after the transit agency stopped running Saturday and Sunday trains on several lines amid upheaval from the pandemic.
6/16/21 11:27 AM
The median home sale price in Massachusetts has now held above $500,000 for the second straight month.
6/16/21 10:46 AM
Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday morning signed into law a bill extending pandemic-inspired authorizations for remote public meetings, to-go cocktail sales, eviction protections and more, according to Senate President Karen Spilka.
6/15/21 9:27 PM
Hours after the COVID-19 state of emergency drew to a close, the House approved legislation that would keep several popular pandemic-era policies -- including measures such as authorization for remote public meetings that expired when the calendar flipped to Tuesday -- in place for several months longer.
6/17/21 12:12 PM
The House on Thursday agreed to a resolution setting this year's sales-tax holiday for the weekend of Aug. 14-15.
6/17/21 11:48 AM
Since applications first became available three weeks ago to become a marijuana delivery operator in Massachusetts, interest in new business opportunity has been high, the head of the state's cannabis regulatory agency said.
6/17/21 11:47 AM
[Coverage Developing] As legal sports betting proliferates around the country and in nearby states, the revenue and jobs that the activity could provide is passing Massachusetts by, supporters told the Joint Committee on Economic Development on Thursday morning.
6/17/21 11:47 AM
[Story Developing] Changes to vocational school admission policy regulations that are up for a vote Tuesday don't go far enough to fix concerns around access for students of color and those who are economically disadvantaged, learning English or have disabilities, advocates said Thursday.
6/17/21 11:46 AM
[Story Developing] Cape Cod vacationers and residents should expect to experience scaled-back services or delays at local businesses coming out of the pandemic because of a workforce shortage driven in part by the state's worsening housing crisis, the head of a regional business group said Thursday.
6/17/21 11:45 AM
A state program aimed at reminding defendants about upcoming court appearances is "already beginning to pay dividends" since the Massachusetts Probation Service implemented it last fall, agency leaders told lawmakers Wednesday as a panel started exploring ways to reduce barriers that people of color face in the probation system.
6/17/21 8:00 AM
When Marblehead voters get to the polls June 22, they'll have their pick of candidates: 14 options for the Select Board, two choices for the School Committee and, perhaps most notably, four candidates vying for two seats on the Municipal Light Commission.
6/16/21 5:38 PM
During the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Charlie Baker lamented that his days went from being full of events where he could mingle with people from different communities and walks of life to almost entirely virtual events and COVID-specific press conferences.
6/16/21 11:35 AM
Even with some COVID-19 restrictions in place for most of the month, the Bay State's slots parlor and two casinos generated more tax revenue for the state's coffers in May than in any month since casino gambling was legalized nearly a decade ago.
6/16/21 10:27 AM
... Potomac Law's new partner brings a ton of state government experience to the firm's pursuit of a new transportation, infrastructure, and mobility group ... The Boston Herald has added a State House reporter ... Commonwealth Care Alliance has a new chief corporate development officer ... A former DPU chair is now handling government relations work at Vicinity Energy ... and a former Senate Ways and Means legal aide has joined Tremont Strategies Group as legal counsel.
6/16/21 9:59 AM
With a bill that would extend authorization for virtual public meetings now on Gov. Charlie Baker's desk, advocacy groups are calling on lawmakers to make remote meeting access permanent.
6/16/21 9:42 AM
Most Massachusetts voters have already made up their minds about legalizing sports betting and 61 percent of the state strongly or somewhat supports the idea, a poll commissioned by Plainridge Park Casino and Encore Boston Harbor found.
6/15/21 9:21 PM
State lawmakers on Tuesday night struck a deal and shipped Gov. Charlie Baker legislation to restore the lapsed authorization for remote public meetings, to-go cocktail sales and town meeting flexibilities, while leaving the future of other pandemic-era policy adaptations as a subject for future negotiations.
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