Category Archives: News/Updates

GALVIN SENDS SEVEN PETITIONS TO CLERK FOR CONSIDERATION IN 2014

GALVIN SENDS SEVEN PETITIONS TO CLERK FOR CONSIDERATION IN 2014 When the Legislature returns to formal sessions in January, lawmakers will have four months to consider seven initiative petitions certified by Secretary of State William Galvin and referred to the House clerk on Monday. Galvin forwarded to the clerk the seven petitions whose backers gathered […]

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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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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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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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Tax Hike Would Erase Drop in Prices Over Past Month

Tax Hike Would Erase Drop in Prices Over Past Month   The average price of a gallon of gas in Massachusetts dipped below $3.50 in AAA’s most recent survey, but gas remains 11 cents a gallon more expensive than a year ago. AAA’s weekly survey results placed the average price of a gallon of regular […]

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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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