Author Archives: Mass Chamber

Plastic Bag Ban Wins Again in Committee

Plastic Bag Ban Wins Again in Committee Massachusetts could become the first state to ban plastic bag use at large retail stores, part of an effort to prevent litter from harming marine animals and to reduce waste scattered through streets and stuck in tree branches. Lawmakers on the Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture Committee quickly […]

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House Turns Down Income and Sales Tax Cuts

House Turns Down Income and Sales Tax Cuts House Democrats voted down a plan to roll back the state’s income and sales tax rates back to 5 percent over five years. The amendment failed 35 to 118. The state’s income tax rate is 5.25 percent and its sales tax rate is 6.25 percent.

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House Budget Week

House Budget Week State representatives have filed 888 amendments to the bill drafted by House budget chief Representative Brian Dempsey. In past years, under House Speaker Robert DeLeo, most budget amendments have been grouped into subject categories and resolved during private talks among House members before votes on bulk, bundled amendments. The House budget’s bottom […]

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Transportation Finance Conference Committee Appointed

Transportation Finance Conference Committee Appointed Both the House and Senate have appointed their legislators to the Transportation Finance Conference Committee. On the House side, Representatives Brian Dempsey, House Ways and Means Chair from x, Bill Straus, House Transportation Chair from Mattapoisett, and Republican Brian Howitt of Seekonk. Senate Ways and Means Chair Stephen Brewer of […]

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IRS Announces Three-Month Filing Payment Extension Following Boston Marathon Explosions

IRS Announces Three-Month Filing Payment Extension Following Boston Marathon Explosions The Internal Revenue Service announced a three-month tax filing and payment extension to Boston area taxpayers and others affected by Monday’s explosions. This relief applies to all individual taxpayers who live in Suffolk County, Mass., including the city of Boston. It also includes victims, their […]

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Transportation Finance Bill – Mass Senate

Transportation Finance Bill – Mass Senate The Senate cleared  legislation to raise gas, tobacco and business taxes in Massachusetts by $500 million and eventually dedicating up to $800 million a year in new revenues for transportation during the rare Saturday session. Senate President Therese Murray presided over the session as the Senate roared through more […]

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House Budget FY 14 Amendments

House Budget FY 14 Amendments The House Ways and Means unveiled a $33.8 billion state budget proposal for fiscal 2014 last week, calling for a 3.9 percent increase in state spending that cuts $1 billion off Governor Deval Patrick’s proposed budget. Last Friday at 5:00pm all amendments to the budget were due. The House budget […]

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House Budget for Fiscal Year 2014

House Budget for Fiscal Year 2014 House leaders unveiled a $33.8 billion state budget proposal for fiscal 2014 yesterday, calling for a 3.9 percent increase in state spending that cuts $1 billion off Governor Deval Patrick’s proposed budget. The House budget proposal, which will be debated by the House beginning April 22, would draw $350 […]

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Baystate Health is Newest Sponsor for Annual Summit

The Mass Chamber is proud to announce Baystate Health as its newest sponsor for the Annual Business Summit.  “With the rising cost of health care, we believe it’s critical for businesses to engage health care providers in a proactive conversation about cost containment and wellness incentives,” says Mass Chamber President, Debra Boronski.  “We couldn’t be […]

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