Category Archives: News/Updates

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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Tax Collections Down Over the Month

Tax Collections Down Over the Month The state’s official revenue benchmark envisions an 8.2 percent surge in tax collections during April, but receipts over the first half of the month were down $10 million, or 1.4 percent compared to the same period in 2012, according to the Department of Revenue. The state’s benchmark calls for […]

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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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