Among the 1,400 amendments to the House’s fiscal 2019 budget is a proposal to create a new grant program intended to help schools boost early literacy.
Private health insurers are “waking up to” benefits of price transparency, but work remains to reach the potential for cost savings from providing consumers with more information, according to a new study from the Pioneer Institute.
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh yesterday announced the Boston Home Center has been awarded a $190,000 grant for its work on foreclosure prevention.
The office of Attorney General Maura Healey has secured $898,000 from a Florida-based credit union that made loans to more than 200 Massachusetts students to finance expensive and ineffective online study materials and educational services.
The Massachusetts State Senate voted on Thursday to pass the “Student Loan Bill of Rights,” giving greater protections to student loan borrowers in disputes with companies servicing their loans.
The Massachusetts Division of Banks yesterday awarded $1.5 million in grants to fund first-time homeownership counseling programs and foreclosure prevention education centers throughout the commonwealth.
The Massachusetts Senate voted 31-6 to extend the state’s lodging tax to short-term rentals offered through platforms like Airbnb, in a move senators said would generate $34.5 million in new state revenue and $25.5 million from municipal taxes.
Coming soon to Worcester: the Cannabis Control Commission.
The effort to tax and regulate short-term housing rentals appears to be gathering steam. A week after the House voted 118-30 to pass a bill regulating and taxing rentals through sites like Airbnb, the Senate Ways and Means Committee has opened voting on the bill, usually a precursor to a bill’s consideration by the full Senate.
After adopting an environmentally friendly provision, the Senate on Thursday passed a roughly $1.8 billion housing bill that would recapitalize affordable housing programs and extend tax credits.
The future of Massachusetts hydropower will not come through the White Mountains of New Hampshire via the Northern Pass project, the state and utilities have agreed and announced Wednesday.
Trying to bring state law in line with the new ways in which people rent short-term lodging, the Massachusetts House on Thursday passed legislation to regulate and tax the short-term rental industry.
House and Senate leaders said Tuesday they will try to quickly pass a bill filed by Gov. Charlie Baker, perhaps as soon as this week, in an effort to avoid steep health insurance premium spikes for nearly 1,000 retired teachers and elderly government retirees.
New reporting requirements for MassHealth and protections against out-of-network billing are among provisions of forthcoming House health care legislation, details Speaker Robert DeLeo sketched out for the first time Friday morning.
Next month’s expansion of the Silver Line into Chelsea will plug the city into Boston’s two commuter rail hubs and make it a prime location for transit-oriented development, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said Monday.
Commuters on the MBTA should not expect to see Gov. Charlie Baker among the straphangers anytime soon.
Thursday marked the launch of a major restructuring at MassHealth that will affect the care delivery of 1.2 million people insured by the state Medicaid program, a move intended to improve overall health while containing costs.
It’s been a bad week for the MBTA; first investigators discovered the agency spent $100,000 on a private bathroom, and then a train derailed.
Construction of commuter rail service to the South Coast on a route that runs through Middleborough should cost about $935 million, with service beginning in late 2022, according to a state transportation official.