Author Archives: Mass Chamber

COAKLEY OUTLINES EDUCATION PLEDGES, VIEWS NEW

COAKLEY OUTLINES EDUCATION PLEDGES, VIEWS NEW TAXES AS LAST RESORT Pushing education to the front of her gubernatorial campaign’s agenda, Attorney General Martha Coakley on Thursday pledged to expand access to pre-kindergarten programs and eliminate the waitlist for early childhood education. The policy goals are among a series of education initiatives she plans to roll […]

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Economic triggers have been met to force a reduction in the state income tax in 2014 from 5.25 percent to 5.2 percent.

Economic triggers have been met to force a reduction in the state income tax in 2014 from 5.25 percent to 5.2 percent. “We’ll be reduced to 5.2 percent as of Jan. 1 2014,” Administration and Finance Secretary Glen Shor told the News Service. Asked about the tax cut’s impact on the state budget, Shor said, […]

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BAKER OUTPACES GUV CANDIDATES IN OCTOBER FUNDRAISING

BAKER OUTPACES GUV CANDIDATES IN OCTOBER FUNDRAISING Charlie Baker, the only candidate in the gubernatorial race who has run for the office before, trounced the field in fundraising last month, hauling in $261,370 in October. Democratic frontrunner Attorney General Martha Coakley has not yet cracked $100,000 in monthly donations during her bid for the Corner […]

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Attorney General Narrows Potential Ballot Initiatives

Attorney General Narrows Potential Ballot Initiatives With the deadline for submitting ballot initiatives for the 2014 election cycle, various interest groups submitted 33 ballot petitions to the Massachusetts Attorney General for her initial approval.  The ballot petitions, which at their earliest stages simply require ten signatures, progress only if the Attorney General rules that they […]

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Senate Minority Party Loses Quarter of its Membership as Veteran Legislator Knapik Announces Departure

Senate Minority Party Loses Quarter of its Membership as Veteran Legislator Knapik Announces Departure   State Senator Michael Knapik (R-Westfield) recently resigned the Second Hampshire and Hampden Senate seat to join Westfield State University as the new executive director of advancement. Senator Knapik was serving his 10th term in the Senate, and previously served two […]

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Businesses Sound the Alarm Over Recently Passed “Tech Tax”; Governor Plans Summit to Address Concern

Businesses Sound the Alarm Over Recently Passed “Tech Tax”; Governor Plans Summit to Address Concern After the passage of the Commonwealth’s plan to address the transportation financing gap, many in the business community have raised alarm over the serious harm one of the key tax components presents to Massachusetts companies.  In particular, a movement has […]

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Martha Coakley Announces Run for Governor

Martha Coakley Announces Run for Governor Pledging to improve our schools and continue to build an economy where everyone has the opportunity to lift themselves up, Martha Coakley announced that she is running for Governor of Massachusetts.

 A native of Berkshire County, Coakley charted a career as a distinguished prosecutor before serving as Middlesex District […]

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SALES TAX HOLIDAY WEEKEND APPROVED! Set for August 10th & 11th

SALES TAX HOLIDAY WEEKEND APPROVED! Set for August 10th & 11th   Legislation designating Saturday, August 10th and Sunday, August 11th as a Sales Tax Holiday weekend has been passed by the Legislature and is now awaiting Governor Patrick’s signature. The Governor has previously stated that he will sign the holiday weekend into law. RAM […]

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