Escape from MA

“ One does not simply walk into Massachusetts. Its black gates are guarded by more than just orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep. The great eye is ever watchful. It is a barren wasteland, riddled with fire, ash, and dust. The very air you breathe is a poisonous fume. Not with ten thousand men could you do this. It is folly.

Massachusetts Politics

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2018-07-19 14:29 EDT

Ga. Democrat Shows the Way for Other Black Women in Politics
U.S. News & World Report
Pioneering Boston city councilwoman Ayanna Pressley is looking to become the Democratic nominee for Congress in the Massachusetts' 7th District in September. Lauren Underwood, a nurse and first-time candidate, is seeking to unseat a Republican ...

2018-07-19 00:42 EDT

Massachusetts lawmakers announce deal on overdue budget
Boston.com
The agreement also would make daily fantasy sports permanently legal in Massachusetts, but without proposed regulations and taxes still being considered by lawmakers. Sanchez said he could not point to any one issue that caused the lengthy delay in ...
Massachusetts lawmakers approve deal on overdue budget Virginian-Pilot
Immigration policy stripped from final Massachusetts state budget MassLive.com

2018-07-18 17:54 EDT

Push For Transportation Funding In Massachusetts Includes Local Tax Option
New England Public Radio
... a region, to sort of band together and vote a tax increase for themselves. Heather Brandon contributed to this report. Tags: TRANSPORTATION · INFRASTRUCTURE · TAXES · BUDGETS · LEGISLATURE · MASSACHUSETTS · GOVERNMENT & POLITICS.

2018-07-18 10:09 EDT

Here's how the $41.88 billion Massachusetts state budget would be spent
MassLive.com
BOSTON -- Massachusetts lawmakers have added $340 million to the final version of the state budget, counting on increased tax revenue. This is not due to any new taxes or fees, but to revised estimates of how much money existing taxes will collect.
Massachusetts poised to raise tobacco purchasing age Turn to 10
Dems drop ICE rider from budget, angering immigrant activists Lowell Sun

2018-07-18 14:02 EDT

Better LATE than NEVER — HOT as ICE — HOUSE moves on ABORTION
Politico
“Juana Matias' Congressional Run Teaches Pressing Lessons About The State Of Politics — EXCLUSIVE,” by Joseph Milord, Elite Daily: “Pick apart the most significant details about Matias' candidacy, and you'll find several lessons about the state of ...

2018-07-19 07:06 EDT

Massachusetts Lawmakers Ponder E-Taxes As Budget Deadline Nears
New England Public Radio
Matt Murphy, State House News Service: What's interesting in this case is that the policy that South Dakota was pursuing and actually won the case on, is something Massachusetts is already doing. They, too, have been challenged in the court in Virginia ...

2018-06-25 04:11 EDT

What does the Supreme Court's Wayfair decision on online sales taxes mean for Massachusetts?
MassLive.com
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that states can collect sales taxes from online retailers. Brick-and-mortar retailers cheered the decision. Gov. Charlie Baker hailed the ruling as "a good day for states, and it's a good day for those in the ...
Wayfair Ruling Opens Door For Tax Collections On Online Sales WBUR
US Supreme Court Ruling Allowing Sales Taxes on Out-of-State Internet Purchases Has Some Massachusetts Officials ... NewBostonPost (blog)
17-494 South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. (06/21/2018) - Supreme Court Supreme Court

2018-06-21 17:07 EDT

Massachusetts lawmakers back off plans to impose state-level net neutrality
MassLive.com
FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 file photo, Demonstrators rally in support of net neutrality outside a Verizon store in New York. Consumers aren't likely to see immediate changes following Monday, June 11, 2018 formal repeal of Obama-era internet ...

2018-07-18 18:48 EDT

'NASTY Woman Act' repealing old laws on adultery, abortion, contraception heads to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk
MassLive.com
"We must ensure that if this occurs, in Massachusetts we have taken necessary steps to protect the right to choice and protect the right to access health care and access information needed to make private medical decisions," Cronin said. The Senate ...

2018-07-18 16:56 EDT

In 2015, The Top 1 Percent In Mass. Earned 31 Times The Average Of Everyone Else
WBUR
Massachusetts has the sixth-biggest gap between its highest-paid residents and everyone else, according to a new report, with the state's top 1 percent of families in 2015 earning 31 times what the average of the bottom 99 percent made ...

2018-07-19 13:32 EDT

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2018-07-19 14:29 EDT

Baker-Polito Administration, State and Transportation Officials Tour ...
framinghamsource.com
The following is a press release from the Governor's office. ***. NEWTON – Today, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, ...
MBTA to begin new Green Line train roll out in September – Boston ... Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News
Look inside the new Green Line trolley debuting in September WCVB Boston
First new Green Line cars may debut in Sept. - The Boston Globe The Boston Globe
Boston 25 News
2018-07-18 21:17 EDT

New Green Line Cars To Hit The Tracks In September: MBTA
Patch.com
NEWTON, MA — First it was the Orange Line cars, now it's the Green Line. They're heeere. Well, almost. On Wednesday at the MBTA's Riverside station Gov. Charlie Baker and a bevy of who's who toured the first of the Green Line cars slated to start ...
Coming Very Soon: Shiny New Green Line Trains Boston magazine
Gallery: Sparkling new green Boston Herald

2018-07-19 12:06 EDT

MBTA names Levy customer experience chief
Progressive Rail Roading
Levy will be tasked with improving the experience MBTA riders. She will work with MBTA departments that interact with the public to provide service in a "comprehensive and consistent way that incorporates a customer-focused approach," agency officials ...

2018-07-18 11:12 EDT

Dukakis: Baker Can't Fix The MBTA With No New Taxes At Current Cost Estimates
wgbh.org
Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis says Governor Charlie Baker will be unable to fix the state's infrastructure and transportation problems without drastic policy and budget changes. Dukakis told WGBH News that Baker will have to go against ...

2018-07-18 16:26 EDT

MBTA Shaves Dollar Off Park Rate Hike
NBC10 Boston
After criticism from Braintree Mayor Joe Sullivan, MBTA management decided to limit the upcoming increases in parking rates for two South Shore Red Line facilities and push back by a month the effective date of the new rates, according to State House ...
MBTA Shaves Dollar Off Park Rate Hike, Cuts It To $9 WBUR
MBTA dials back parking fee hike at Quincy, Braintree garages Wicked Local

2018-07-17 11:22 EDT

MBTA hires new 'chief customer officer'
MassLive.com
In an effort to make the MBTA more "customer-centric," the public transit agency's general manager tapped a state government communications veteran as its new "chief customer officer." Danny Levy comes to the MBTA from the Massachusetts Port Authority ...

2018-07-16 18:53 EDT

MBTA dials back parking fee hike for Braintree Station
Wicked Local Yarmouth
Rates at two major South Shore commuter parking garages won't go up as much as planned and the rate hike will be delayed a month, MBTA management announced Monday. On Sept. 1, weekday parking fees at the Quincy Adams and Braintree commuter ...

2018-07-18 19:09 EDT

Tire thieves strike again – 2 cars vandalized at Whitman MBTA lot
Enterprise News
The tire theft is the most recent in a number of similar incidents throughout the region over the last year. WHITMAN — Patrick Barry returned to the train station Monday evening and instantly knew something was wrong. He saw a police cruiser and tow ...

2018-07-17 13:03 EDT

Another MBTA Commuter Rail parking lot becomes the target of tire ...
WCVB Boston
Two vehicles were vandalized in an MBTA Commuter Rail station parking lot Monday afternoon. Transit police responded to the Whitman station parking lot and ...
Theft, vandalism being investigated at MBTA parking lots on South Shore Boston 25 News

2018-07-16 19:55 EDT

MBTA unwraps mock-up of next generation Red Line car
WCVB Boston
More than a month after it was loaded onto a truck in China, the mock-up of the next generation of the MBTA's Red Line is ready for inspection. The vehicle, which was wrapped in white plastic for the trip, arrived in Boston Friday. MBTA general manager ...

2018-07-16 09:34 EDT

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2018-07-19 14:29 EDT

As older population grows, Massachusetts angles to become the Silicon Valley for 'age-tech'
The Boston Globe
These “age-tech” pioneers are part of a Massachusetts cluster of entrepreneurs who are applying the state's potent mix of brainpower and technology prowess to an ancient problem: easing the burdens of growing old. Government and business leaders ...

2018-07-19 08:37 EDT

Slain Massachusetts officer's handcuffs used to restrain his suspected killer
Fox News
A pair of handcuffs belonging to a deceased Massachusetts police officer were used on Wednesday to restrain his killer, officials said. Weymouth police Officer Michael Chesna, 42, was killed July 15 after Emanuel Lopes allegedly struck him with a rock ...

2018-07-19 11:01 EDT

Massachusetts poised to raise tobacco purchasing age
WRGB
BOSTON (AP) -- Massachusetts is moving closer to becoming the latest U.S. state to raise the minimum age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco or vaping products from 18 to 21. A bill establishing the new purchasing age has been approved by the House ...

2018-07-19 11:42 EDT

Low-Income Access To Fresh Produce In Massachusetts Snarled In Tech Problem
New England Public Radio
There are 243 of these terminals in Massachusetts that last year processed over $2.6 million in SNAP purchases. Also important to the farmers is that this same terminal can process credit and debit cards, and that's another $600,000 worth of ...

2018-07-19 12:14 EDT

The “NASTY Women” act just passed in Massachusetts to prepare for the death of Roe v. Wade
VICE News
President Donald Trump nominated conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court only a few weeks ago, but states have started preparing for the potential death of Roe v. Wade. And Massachusetts just became one of the first to act on those ...
Massachusetts House Votes To Repeal Old Anti-Abortion Laws WBUR

2018-07-19 11:05 EDT

Watchdog group predicts higher costs with Massachusetts hospital merger
GazetteNET
BOSTON — A state watchdog group says a proposed merger between two major Massachusetts hospital systems could drive up health care costs in the state more than $250 million per year. The Health Policy Commission's report released Wednesday says ...
Watchdog Group Predicts Higher Costs With Hospital Merger U.S. News & World Report

2018-07-19 11:17 EDT

Massachusetts Joins Multi-State Lawsuit Against Feds Over Immigration Enforcement
New England Public Radio
Lawsuits were filed Wednesday in Manhattan federal court on behalf of New York state and city, Connecticut, New Jersey, Washington, Massachusetts and Virginia. They seek a judge's declaration that the policy change announced last year, and enforced ...
Massachusetts among 6 states suing US over immigration-related policy GazetteNET

2018-07-19 12:59 EDT

Massachusetts lawmakers approve deal on overdue budget
The News Tribune
Eighteen days into the state's new fiscal year, lawmakers on Wednesday approved a $41.9 billion budget, breaking an impasse that has left Massachusetts the only U.S. state without a permanent spending plan. The compromise would increase the total size ...
Immigration policy stripped from final Massachusetts state budget MassLive.com
Massachusetts lawmakers announce deal on overdue budget Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News
Massachusetts Legislature backs deal on overdue budget WNYT

2018-07-18 17:22 EDT

Police: Man accidentally shoots himself in Massachusetts Costco
Boston.com
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Police are investigating after a man apparently accidentally shot himself in a Massachusetts warehouse store. Police say the man was at the jewelry counter at the West Springfield Costco store just before 6 p.m. ...
Police: Man Accidentally Shoots Himself in Warehouse Store U.S. News & World Report
Man accidentally fires gun off inside Massachusetts Costco, police say WCVB Boston

2018-07-19 10:30 EDT

Handicapped Parking Permits Come With A Long Wait In Western Massachusetts
New England Public Radio
Lesser was one of of two dozen western Massachusetts lawmakers who wrote to transportation officials in 2016, looking to create a more convenient option for their constituents. Two years later, he said, there's no change. "When we had conversations ...

2018-07-19 09:30 EDT

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