Author Archives: Mass Chamber

MassDOT Announces Rehabilitation of Callahan Tunnel

MassDOT Announces Rehabilitation of Callahan Tunnel   MassDOT announced plans to perform a complete rehabilitation of the Callahan Tunnel, which carries traffic from Boston’s North End to Logan International Airport and Route 1A in East Boston. The project will require a complete closure of the tunnel for approximately three months beginning in January 2014. The […]

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Senate Passes Welfare Reform

Senate Passes Welfare Reform The Senate voted 37-1 to approve a sweeping overhaul of the state’s welfare system that would strengthen efforts to move people off public assistance and into the workforce, while also attempting to tackle concerns of fraud and abuse with reforms such as adding photo identification to EBT cards, enhanced penalties for […]

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Tax Budget Talks Drag Closer to Fiscal New Year Deadline

Tax Budget Talks Drag Closer to Fiscal New Year Deadline   Both branches stand ready to gavel into formal session this week to pass through a $500 million tax bill and the annual $34 billion budget should compromises be reached by the two conference committees negotiating the bills in private. As of about 9 a.m. […]

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Patrick Administration Announces “Informed Massachusetts” Web Launch

Patrick Administration Announces “Informed Massachusetts” Web Launch   The Patrick Administration launched “Informed Massachusetts” – a user-friendly website [which can be found at http://www.mass.gov/informedma] that consolidates the Open Government and Transparency web pages previously found on Mass.gov. Informed Massachusetts pulls together these sites into a unified portal, creating a user-friendly site through which citizens can […]

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House’s $96 Million Spending Bill Includes 69 Budget Riders

House’s $96 Million Spending Bill Includes 69 Budget Riders House members digesting a $96 million spending bill polled out of the House Ways and Means Committee were given a few hours to file amendments ahead of planned debate on the legislation. The committee bill includes a $55.7 million line item for winter snow and ice […]

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Minimum Wage Hearing a Standing Room Only

Minimum Wage Hearing a Standing Room Only   A push to raise the minimum wage that’s being fanned by Senate President Therese Murray drew a big crowd of proponents and opponents to the State House for a public hearing on wage floor bills in the State House’s largest meeting space, Gardner Auditorium. Supporters who flooded […]

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Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Casino Applications Released

Southeastern Massachusetts Regional Casino Applications Released   The Massachusetts Gaming Commission released the first application for commercial casino bidders in southeastern Massachusetts, where the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe had been hoping to become the sole casino operator. The tribe’s second bid at a compact, negotiated with Governor Deval Patrick, has been pending for weeks before the […]

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Texting Survey Measures Drivers’ Attitude

Texting Survey Measures Drivers’ Attitude   Forty percent of Massachusetts drivers say they still send text messages while driving despite a nearly three-year-old law banning such activity and preventing any cell phone use for drivers under 18 years old. According to a poll conducted in March for the Boston-based insurer Plymouth Rock Assurance, 80 percent […]

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Representative Weighs Congressional Run

Representative Weighs Congressional Run   Representative Sean Garballey, a Democrat from Arlington, is considering a run for Congress if U.S. Representative Ed Markey wins a U.S. Senate seat in a June 25 special election. Three senators, one representative and a sheriff in the district have already established campaigns, allowing them to begin fundraising. The Fifth […]

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