• Massachusetts sports betting Jul 22

    Bill to Legalize Sports Betting in Mass. Passes Big Hurdle

    The House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill to legalize sports betting in Massachusetts, but even before the vote, the question of whether to allow wagers on college sports emerged as a major sticking point between the House and Senate.

  • budget Jul 16

    Mass. Gov. Baker Signs $48 Billion Annual Budget

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a $47.6 billion fiscal 2022 budget into law Friday afternoon, his office announced, vetoing $7.9 million in gross spending and an outside section that would delay implementation of a charitable giving tax deduction approved by voters in 2000. State lawmakers unanimously passed a $48.1 billion spending bill on July 9, approving a House-Senate deal that…

  • Massachusetts Legislature Jul 9

    Massachusetts Lawmakers Give Final OK to $48.1B State Budget

    Massachusetts lawmakers gave final approval to a new state budget Friday after House and Senate negotiators reached a deal Thursday on a $48.1 billion spending plan. When it became clear lawmakers would not have a final budget deal in place for the beginning of the new 2022 fiscal year on July 1, lawmakers approved — and Republican Gov. Charlie Baker…

  • coronavirus Jul 8

    Lawmaker Suggests Extra School Year After Pandemic Learning Loss

    A state representative from Boston pitched a strategy Tuesday to repair some of the damage the pandemic has done for education: allow any student who will soon graduate to stay in school for an additional year.

  • Scituate Jul 6

    Mass. State Rep Serving Navy in North Africa

    The Massachusetts House continues to function in large part through remote operations, and one of its members, Rep. Patrick Kearney, is really remote. According to the Scituate Democrat’s office, Kearney, a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve, is currently assisting with joint military exercises in North Africa. Specifically, he is serving as a tactical advisor aboard the heavy lift...

  • Massachusetts Jun 26

    Bill Would Secure Egg Supply, Upgrade Conditions for Hens

    The Massachusetts Senate has approved legislation designed to create a more secure egg supply chain and raise the state’s farm animal welfare standards to be on a par with other states. Democratic Senate President Karen Spilka said the bill approved Thursday would upgrade Massachusetts’ egg production law — created by a successful 2016 ballot question — to create predictability and…

  • american rescue plan Jun 18

    Baker Rebukes Legislature, Proposes Spending $2.8B in Federal COVID Relief

    In an attempt to end the battle over who gets to spend Massachusetts’ 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…

  • sales tax Jun 17

    Mass. Sales Tax Holiday Would Be Aug. 14-15 Under Legislature's Plan

    Massachusetts lawmakers on Thursday agreed to schedule this year’s sales tax holiday for the weekend of Aug. 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% sales tax is waived for many purchases, an…

  • state of emergency Jun 16

    Gov. Baker Signs Bill to Extend Pandemic-Era Policies

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law Wednesday a bill to restore pandemic-era policies including remote public meetings, to-go cocktail sales, eviction protections and more, according to Senate President Karen Spilka. Senate President Karen Spilka thanked the governor via Twitter Wednesday for signing a deal about 13 hours after the legislature sent Baker a partial compromise temporarily reinstating some policies…

  • state of emergency Jun 16

    Agreement Reached to Extend Some Mass. Pandemic Policies Like to-Go Cocktails

    The state of emergency that was in place in Massachusetts since March 10, 2020, ended at midnight, and with it, a batch of pandemic-era policies expired. The legislature failed to move legislation to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk that would keeping in place authorization for remote public meetings, eviction protections, and restaurant relief before those measures expired. But the Massachusetts House…

  • coronavirus Jun 10

    Mass. Senate Passes Pandemic Policy Extensions

    A bill temporarily extending a host of pandemic-era policies that would otherwise expire in connection with next Tuesday’s termination of the COVID-19 state of emergency cleared the Massachusetts Senate on a voice vote Thursday afternoon. The bill keeps measures including the authorizations for mail-in voting, remote public meetings and takeout cocktails for several months. Sen. Michael Rodrigues, who chairs...

  • coronavirus Jun 10

    Pandemic Protection Extension Debate on Beacon Hill

    The Massachusetts Senate will take up a bill that seeks to extend some pandemic-era policies beyond next week’s end of the COVID-19 state of emergency Thursday.

  • Massachusetts Jun 9

    Income Tax Change Appears Headed Toward 2022 Ballot in Mass.

    Massachusetts lawmakers are poised Wednesday to advance one of the most significant changes in state tax policy in years. Legislators will meet for a 1 p.m. Constitutional Convention, and Democrats who hold super-majorities in both chambers are set to vote to place on the 2022 ballot a constitutional amendment imposing a 4 percent surtax on household income above $1 million…

  • coronavirus Jun 2

    New Mass. Vaccine Program: Go to Market Basket, Get Vaccinated and a $25 Gift Card

    Market Basket supermarkets will host a series of walk-up mobile vaccine clinics in hard-hit communities across Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker announced on Wednesday. The new mobile COVID-19 vaccination program, intended to increase access to coronavirus vaccines in disproportionately impacted communities, will be hosted in several Market Basket parking lots. Anyone who gets a vaccine at a Market Basket in Massachusetts…

  • mbta May 27

    After Investigation, Lawmaker Calls for More Transparency on MBTA Projects

    A state lawmaker from Boston is calling for more transparency from the MBTA. The development comes following an NBC10 investigation, which reported a $7.9 million project to refurbish historic trolleys on the Mattapan High Speed Line was two years behind schedule.

  • Climate Mar 26

    Massachusetts Gov. Baker Signs Sweeping Climate Change Bill

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a sweeping climate change bill into law Friday, ending months of negotiations as the legislation shuttled back and forth between the Democratic-controlled Legislature and the Republican governor. Baker and lawmakers have both hailed a key goal of the new law — creating a net-zero greenhouse gas emission limit by 2050. “This bill puts us on…

  • Duxbury play call scandal Mar 25

    State Sen. Offers to Explain Why Anti-Semitic Remarks Are ‘Painful' to Duxbury Football Team

    Massachusetts State Sen. Barry Finegold, a former college football player who practices Judaism, is offering to explain why anti-Semitic language is offensive to the Duxbury football team amid an ongoing play call scandal.

  • coronavirus Feb 26

    Mass. Lawmakers Confront Baker on COVID Vaccine Rollout

    Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday apologized for problems with the Massachusetts’ COVID-19 vaccination portal but reiterated his argument that a limited supply of doses from federal authorities was to blame for a troubled vaccine rollout. Baker was asked at an appearance before the COVID-19 and Emergency Management and Preparedness Committee whether he would apologize to people who encountered issues with…

  • coronavirus Feb 24

    Baker, Head of Mass. Vaccine Site to Testify First in COVID Vaccine Rollout Hearing

    When the Massachusetts Legislature’s COVID-19 and Emergency Management and Preparedness Committee holds its vaccine rollout oversight hearing on Thursday, Gov. Charlie Baker will take the floor first. The hearing’s schedule was released Wednesday, and shows that Baker will be the first to testify at 11 a.m., followed by Tiffany Tate, the executive director of company that runs PrepMod. PrepMod...

  • coronavirus Feb 23

    Mass. Spent $438K On the Vaccine Website That Crashed

    Gov. Charlie Baker is due to testify before a committee of lawmakers this week after his administration admitted the state’s vaccine booking website, which crashed last week, cost nearly a half a million dollars. Baker will go before the legislature’s COVID-19 and Emergency Management and Preparedness Committee on Thursday at an oversight hearing probing the state’s beleaguered vaccine rollout....

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