Category Archives: News/Updates

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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Massachusetts Ranks #2 in National Clean Technology Index, Boston Among Top 10 Cities

Massachusetts Ranks #2 in National Clean Technology Index, Boston Among Top 10 Cities   Massachusetts ranked second in the nation behind only California for its commitment to clean energy technology, according to an annual index released that also placed Boston as the 10th best city for clean technology innovation and expansion. The report, published by […]

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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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