DraftKings and FanDuel, two pioneers in online fantasy sports betting who are facing the prospect of more state regulation and taxation, have urged a commission reviewing the industry to leave well enough alone.
Gov. Charlie Baker saluted innovation and investment in the health care field during his remarks at the 2017 International BIO Conference in San Diego on Wednesday, laying out his plans to invest in workforce development and foster public-private partnerships and thanking those in the medical industry for doing the work they do.
In the last seven years, the state’s population has grown by about 246,000 people, Bay State employers have added 353,000 jobs, and for those seeking a new place to live, 81,000 new housing units have been permitted, according to the Massachusetts Housing Partnership.
A two-day sales tax holiday, which has taken place nearly every year for more than a decade, is a lifeline for shops swamped with competition by online retailers that are always a few clicks away, the state’s top retail spokesman told lawmakers.
Bay State health insurers are largely supportive of the new Baker administration proposal to assess employers and reform MassHealth to cover rising Medicaid costs, but threw up the caution flag recently on one proposal to encourage greater participation in tiered-network plans.
Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposed $500 million extension of the life sciences initiative put in place by his predecessor in 2008 will put a greater emphasis, according to the governor, on workforce building to support industries that have taken root in Massachusetts.
When the 191st General Court is sworn in on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, senators will take their oath in a newly restored chamber that attempts to maintain the historic character of the space while incorporating new technology and making it more accessible.
The unemployment rate in Massachusetts ticked up for the fifth straight month in May, rising to 4.2 percent with 3,556,000 residents employed and 155,300 unemployed, state officials announced Thursday.
Ahead of summer rate filings, the Division of Insurance and the Massachusetts Health Connector have for several weeks been working with insurance carriers to provide guidance in connection with the possible loss of “cost sharing reductions” that would affect federal subsidies for plans offered through the Connector.
Two eastern Massachusetts cities cited in a new report for higher-than-recommended lead levels in water at several homes are taking steps to replace lead pipes.
John Flannery has been named CEO of General Electric, effective Aug. 1.
Life sciences jobs in Massachusetts hit an all-time high in 2016 and the industry will have thousands of new jobs to fill in the coming years, according to a report released Wednesday morning at a conference in Boston.
After stepping back in April from March’s 16-year high-water mark, business confidence rebounded in May amid optimism for the next six months, the Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) reported Tuesday.
Gov. Charlie Baker said in a statement that the U.S. Senate is “struggling” to find a path forward on a reform bill and emphasized the importance of honoring a deal he negotiated with President Barack Obama’s administration. Baker and many others in Massachusetts are resisting major changes to the Affordable Care Act.
While declining to take a position on a proposed 4 percent income surtax on household income above $1 million, Gov. Charlie Baker in a televised interview Sunday reiterated his general opposition to new taxes and said Beacon Hill leaders should try to solve immediate budget difficulties without seeking more revenue from taxpayers who, he said, are managing their own affairs in the face of low personal income growth rates.
State senators last week touted myriad investments sprinkled throughout the state’s first $40 billion budget, but slammed the door on $200,000 for visitor centers, disappointing lawmakers whose districts are heavily dependent on tourists flowing in from other states.
If a paid family and medical leave bill does not pass the state Legislature this session, the issue could end up before voters as a ballot question, according to Senate President Stan Rosenberg.
The Senate will push in upcoming budget talks with the House for a special commission to make recommendations to rescue the faltering MBTA pension fund, which the T’s top manager says is only one steep market downturn from a “death spiral” that could only be halted with a taxpayer bailout.
The Senate added just over $50 million in spending over three days of debate to its fiscal 2018 budget bill, unanimously passing the $40.39 billion budget Thursday night in the final session within the historic Senate chamber before it is to be renovated.
The Senate on Wednesday stuck with its plan to levy a tax on all short-term room rentals, such as those offered through the Airbnb online portal, an initiative the chamber’s chief budget-writer believes would raise $18 million in new revenue.