Author Archives: Mass Chamber

Feds Set to Auction Offshore Energy Leases for MA, RI

Feds Set to Auction Offshore Energy Leases for MA, RI Nearly 165,000 acres on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf off the shores of Rhode Island and Massachusetts will be made available for renewable energy leases through an auction scheduled for July 31, the Obama administration announced. The area is south of Newport, R.I., east of […]

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House Committee Readies $1.4 Billion Housing and Local Roads Bills

House Committee Readies $1.4 Billion Housing and Local Roads Bills A House committee voted to advance bills making $1.4 billion in housing investments over five years and facilitating $300 million in local road projects over the next year. With the House planning a Wednesday formal session, the House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State […]

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Gas Price Tick as Conferees Work on Tax Bill

Gas Price Tick as Conferees Work on Tax Bill   While House and Senate leaders continue work on a bill that would raise the gas tax, AAA reported that gas prices in Massachusetts rose an average of two cents per gallon over the past week, to an average of $3.51 a gallon.  Gas costs are […]

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Governor Signs $300 Million Road Bill, Then Files Terms Bill

Governor Signs $300 Million Road Bill, Then Files Terms Bill   Governor Deval Patrick and the Legislature have been making headway toward achieving official letters that cities and towns can use for short-term borrowing or to sign contracts, finally after weeks of uncertainty over the fate of $300 million in local road funding. Patrick signed […]

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Senate Approves $34 Billion Budget After Two-Day Debate

Senate Approves $34 Billion Budget After Two-Day Debate   The Senate approved a $34 billion annual state budget that makes investments in early education, elder care, local aid and other areas in part by drawing from the state’s reserves and relying on revenues from a developing package of tax increases linked to the transportation system. […]

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Forry Win Will Spur Some Shuffling, Another Special Election Likely

Forry Win Will Spur Some Shuffling, Another Special Election Likely   Weeks after squeaking past Representative Nick Collins in the primary, Senator-elect Linda Dorcena Forry mopped up nearly 82 percent of the vote against her Republican rival during the special election earlier this week. The special election victory means the Dorchester Democrat who was first […]

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Senate Votes for Bottle Bill Expansion, Again

Senate Votes for Bottle Bill Expansion, Again   The Senate voted to expand the bottle redemption law to cover more beverages, including water and energy drinks. Last session, the House declined to agree to a bottle bill expansion plan added by the Senate to an economic development bill. The expanded “bottle bill” has been a […]

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State Chamber Policy Center Weekly Update

Call for Kiawah Issue Ideas: The Policy Center is shaping the list of policy issues to discuss at the Kiawah meeting in September and would appreciate your input. If there are any trending issues your chamber would like to see featured as part of an in-depth panel discussion, please let us know. Taxation & Budgets […]

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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court To Review Natural Heritage Regulations

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court To Review Natural Heritage Regulations   There is a case currently before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) that challenges the Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, Natural Heritage Endangered Species Program. The case, Pepin vs. Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, (Docket No. SJC-11332) alleges the priority habitat portion of the regulation, […]

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