The Massachusetts House approved an amendment to an economic development bill Tuesday that would establish the weekend of Aug. 11 and 12 as a sales tax-free weekend.
With the state’s annual budget now nine days late, House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Monday floated the idea of separating the policy proposals in the spending bill from the dollars and cents needed to fund the government in an effort to reach a compromise.
Gas workers with Local 12003 and 12012 planned to protest and picket outside National Grid facilities on Friday.
Projecting that state tax collections will surpass estimates for the year that just ended by $1.2 billion, the Baker administration is forecasting a surplus of $150 million to $200 million in funds that are not yet earmarked for any purpose and signaling to the Legislature that it may have up to $200 million in additional money to play with for the fiscal 2019 budget that is nearly a week overdue.
The lead budget negotiator for the House downplayed animosity between his branch and the Senate on Thursday as the Legislature departed Beacon Hill for the weekend without a deal in place to fund state government for the fiscal year that began on Sunday.
Massachusetts, a state where Democrats firmly control the House and Senate and Republican Gov. Charlie Baker frequently touts his bipartisanship, suddenly stands alone among states without an enacted fiscal 2019 budget, and the situation is stirring some tension.
Citing potential economic benefits, the heads of 10 local chambers of commerce are calling on lawmakers to boost the state’s commitment to renewable energy.
A medical marijuana dispensary that has operated in the Central Massachusetts town of Leicester since late last year became the first business licensed to sell non-medical marijuana in Massachusetts.
Gov. Charlie Baker signed a new law Thursday that could affect virtually every resident of Massachusetts, a week after lawmakers settled months of negotiations over proposed ballot questions that could have had dramatic consequences for the state’s finances and economy.
Residents of the Springfield, Pittsfield and Worcester areas each experienced more than 40 days of elevated air pollution levels in 2016, according to a new report that recommends a shift to renewable energy to protect air quality.
The MBTA has awarded $639 million in new construction contracts addressing the system’s repair needs in fiscal 2018, according to Assistant General Manager for Capital Delivery Beth Larkin.
With the new fiscal year less than a week away and a budget vigil underway, the House Ways and Means is getting the week started by approving an interim budget to keep government running in the absence of an annual budget.
Thirteen years ago Saturday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a private organization could legally use eminent domain powers granted by the city to seize private property in a seaside Connecticut neighborhood and hand it over to another private corporation in the name of economic development.
A new projection of what it would take to build an underground rail link between North and South stations bolsters the argument against the project, according to Rep. William Straus, House chairman of the Transportation Committee.
State officials next week plan to publicly discuss the results of a feasibility study exploring an underground rail link between the North and South station transportation hubs in Boston.
Developers in Boston are facing an 8 percent increase in per-square-foot fees under a proposal that Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s administration says will leverage the “strong development market” to raise funds for affordable housing and job training.
Passenger rail service between Springfield and Greenfield is now scheduled to begin on a pilot basis in the spring of 2019, state officials announced Tuesday.
Lawmakers are voicing concerns with state regulators about a potential 60 percent reduction in the value of credits available to residential customers in connection with community solar projects.
Houston, Chicago and Los Angeles have joined Boston and other cities in an initiative to procure renewable energy on a massive scale, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Thursday at a climate summit.
The federal government is calling on businesses across the country to report 2017 year-end sales or revenue, employment and payroll information by next week as part of an economic census conducted every five years.