Category Archives: Politics

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

Senate Minority Party Loses Quarter of its Membership as Veteran Legislator Knapik Announces Departure

Senate Minority Party Loses Quarter of its Membership as Veteran Legislator Knapik Announces Departure   State Senator Michael Knapik (R-Westfield) recently resigned the Second Hampshire and Hampden Senate seat to join Westfield State University as the new executive director of advancement. Senator Knapik was serving his 10th term in the Senate, and previously served two […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More