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How U.S. Health Insurance Works

Medicine in the USA is very expensive, therefore. We have prepared a small overview of health insurance. Is medical insurance mandatory in the USA? What types of insurance do exist? How much does it cost and where to get it? You will find the answers below! Are Americans obligated to purchase insurance? Yes, according to…

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 in excess of the 68,911 signatures required to initially qualify…

COAKLEY OUTLINES EDUCATION PLEDGES, VIEWS NEW TAXES AS LAST RESORT

Pushing education to the front of her gubernatorialcampaign’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 out in the coming months. Coakley also prioritized giving school districts…

Economic triggers have been met to force a reduction in the state income tax in 2014 from 5.25 percent to 5.2 percent.

“We’ll be reduced to 5.2 percent as of Jan. 1 2014,” Administration and Finance Secretary Glen Shor told the News Service. Asked about the tax cut’s impact on the state budget, Shor said, “There’s lot of moving parts to the budget in any given year.” The Department of Revenue estimates the tax cut will reduce…

BAKER OUTPACES GUV CANDIDATES IN OCTOBER FUNDRAISING

Charlie Baker, the only candidate in the gubernatorial race who has run for the office before, trounced the field in fundraising last month, hauling in $261,370 in October. Democratic frontrunner Attorney General Martha Coakley has not yet cracked $100,000 in monthly donations during her bid for the Corner Office, and Treasurer Steven Grossman, who has…

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 begun to solidify behind efforts to repeal the so-called “tech tax” – the new sales…

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 are properly drafted and constitutional.  Of…

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 terms in the House. He had been the ranking Republican on the Senate Ways and…

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 Attorney and now as the Commonwealth’s…

SALES TAX HOLIDAY WEEKEND APPROVED! Set for August 10th & 11th

Legislation designating Saturday, August 10th and Sunday, August 11th as a Sales Tax Holiday weekend has been passed by the Legislature and is now awaiting Governor Patrick’s signature. The Governor has previously stated that he will sign the holiday weekend into law. RAM urges all members to thank the Governor, Senate President Therese-Murray, Speaker of…