Unemployment in Massachusetts ticked up slightly to a rate of 3.6 percent in July even as the state added an estimated 4,800 jobs, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced Friday.
With the future of a short-term rental regulation and taxation bill now uncertain, Airbnb on Wednesday released new data it said shows how the home-sharing platform can help teachers bring in extra income.
Under a white tent in City Hall Plaza Tuesday, the MBTA set up a mockup of the new Red Line car scheduled to hit the tracks for testing by March of next year.
A trio of state lawmakers on Monday pressed transit officials over the condition of the parking garage at the MBTA’s Alewife Station, which reopened in the morning after deteriorating concrete forced a weekend shutdown for repairs and assessment.
Gov. Charlie Baker signed 53 bills into law Thursday, including a version of his legislation to expand access for opioid addiction treatment and recovery services and a bill that will accelerate the state’s adoption of clean energy resources.
Gov. Charlie Baker returned the Legislature’s bill to tax and regulate short-term rentals on Wednesday, waiting until the day after the House and Senate adjourned formal sessions for the year to propose an amendment that would exempt homeowners that rent out their units for fewer than 14 days a year.
More than $600 million hangs in the balance as lawmakers go down to the wire negotiating a compromise bill to fund economic development and infrastructure projects across the state.
Gov. Charlie Baker is considering returning the bill sent to him Monday by the Legislature taxing and regulating short-term housing rentals with an amendment to exempt from taxation owners that rent out their homes or apartments for less than two weeks a year, according sources familiar with ongoing talks.
Short-term housing units rented through websites like Airbnb could be taxed at almost 17.5 percent in cities like Boston and Massachusetts would become the first state in the country to maintain a central registry under compromise legislation agreed to Sunday night by House and Senate negotiators.
Gov. Charlie Baker signed a $41.7 billion budget on Thursday that the Republican touted as a “fiscally responsible” spending plan that both increased a tax credit for low-income families and invested $160 million into public education, but also held the line on taxes and will prepare the state for the next economic downtown.
With time running out, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Monday that a housing production bill was “not at all” dead for the session, but said two lobbying organizations representing commercial developers and city and town governments could “severely” limit the scope of that legislation.
The Massachusetts unemployment rate held at 3.5 percent in June and public officials also reported Friday that the state’s labor force participation rate is at its highest level in 10 years.
The $41.88 billion budget deal that was filed Wednesday morning and quickly approved by the Legislature includes no new fees, according to the lead House negotiator, and relies on an unusual eleventh-hour revenue projection upgrade to boost spending to levels higher than either the House or Senate approved this spring.
A state agency has selected an Everett company to operate beer gardens this year in two public parks.
With funds dwindling in some accounts and a $666 million bill that would replenish them still before a Senate committee on the day of a new legislative deadline, the state’s economic development chief said Tuesday he is not concerned.
The University of Massachusetts board on Friday approved a 2.5 percent tuition hike for in-state undergraduates, raising the per student for the coming school year an average of $351.
Conference committees negotiating on short-term rental regulation and consumer data protection bills are close to producing agreements, according to a senator serving on both panels.
State environmental officials face a new lawsuit challenging its approval of waterfront development in Boston.
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.