Category Archives: Politics

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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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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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 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 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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House Passes Transportation Financing Bill

The House of Representatives passed legislation that closes the MBTA’s gap for the upcoming fiscal year and provides vital assistance to the regional transit authorities. This legislation transfers $1.5 million of excess snow and ice removal funds to the regional transit authorities as supplemental assistance. The legislation further authorizes a one-time transfer of $51 million […]

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Testifying in Boston on Workers Comp

Debra’s in Boston tomorrow to testify at two public hearings. At 10 a.m. tomorrow the Division of Insurance will hold a public hearing to review an industry request that would raise workers compensation rates, effective September 1, 2012,  by an average of 19.3 percent.  The Mass Chamber holds that the increased rate will cause financial hardship for businesses […]

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House Republicans Form Coalition to Force Release Bills for Debate

In an email circulated to all House members, House Minority Leader Brad Jones (R-North Reading) asked his colleagues in both parties to join an effort to exert greater influence over the House agenda in an effort he calls the Rule 28 Coalition – a reference to the House rule that allows a majority of House […]

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