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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Massachusetts to Garner Up to $172 Million in Annual Taxes From Marijuana Sales By 2020
TheJointBlog (blog)
The nearly $200 million in annual taxes from marijuana sales estimated by the Department of Revenue would be Massachusetts tax earnings for marijuana on par with what is earned in Colorado and Washington. In 2016 Colorado garnered just shy of $200 ...
Massachusetts Budget Officials: Expect $100 Million a Year in Marijuana Taxes The Fresh Toast

2017-03-23 11:00 EDT

State taxes on recreational marijuana estimated at $64M in first year
Boston Business Journal
The figure was mid-range given during Monday morning testimony to the Committee on Marijuana Policy, a Legislative group compiled to analyze the state's emerging recreational marijuana market. Massachusetts legalized recreational marijuana by a ballot ...
Backers of legal marijuana urge panel to hold off on changing law Boston.com
Massachusetts treasurer Deb Goldberg wants $10 million to help her start enforcing new marijuana law MassLive.com

2017-03-20 17:15 EDT

State rep takes another crack at taxing nonprofits
The Boston Globe
It was prompted by the University of Massachusetts Lowell's purchase last year of a 230-unit apartment complex in the city, which it plans to turn into a dormitory. As a result of the sale, Lowell will lose $321,000 in annual property taxes because ...

2017-03-23 21:02 EDT

Boston and 4 other Massachusetts cities included on ICE's first sanctuary city list
Boston.com
Five Massachusetts cities, including Boston, are among the jurisdictions listed as uncooperative in a new public list released by federal immigration officials Monday. The first weekly “detainer” report issued by the Department of Homeland Security's ...
Declined Detainer Outcome Report - ICE ICE
Declined Detainer Outcome Report | ICE ICE
Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States The White House
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Newsroom
2017-03-21 20:59 EDT

Marijuana taxes could bring in more than $100 million annually
The Boston Globe
State revenue officials predicted taxes on marijuana could eventually bring in more than $100 million each year. The attorney general's office encouraged lawmakers to clarify how cities and towns can prohibit pot stores. And a long bearded man argued ...

2017-03-20 21:07 EDT

Senators say Massachusetts could lose $488 million in NIH funding under President Donald Trump's budget
MassLive.com
The leaders of the Massachusetts Senate have written to the state's congressional delegation expressing concern about President Donald Trump's proposal to cut funding to the National Institutes of Health. Senate President Stan Rosenberg, D-Amherst, and ...

2017-03-21 17:18 EDT

Massachusetts's Jim McGovern declares Dunkin' Donuts the 'best ...
Boston.com
During the House Rules Committee's hearing Wednesday on the Republicans' health care bill, Rep. Jim McGovern made a polarizing statement, cutting to the ...
Dunkin' Donuts is killing the Coffee Coolatta Business Insider
Say sayonara to the coffee Coolatta as Dunkin' Donuts whips up new era Boston Herald

2017-03-22 21:36 EDT

Massachusetts Millionaire Hangouts: Just How Much Trump Will Cut Rich Residents' Taxes
Forbes
Where do rich people hang out? We've identified 51 locales, and calculated for each an average upper-bracket net worth and proposed Trump tax cut. We define a millionaire hot spot as a zip code or cluster of zip codes where the average income, among ...

2017-03-16 13:01 EDT

'This version should not pass,' Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says as House GOP weighs Obamacare repeal bill
MassLive.com
Amid chaos on Capitol Hill, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker weighed in with an opinion on the House Republicans' bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The House vote is now set for Friday afternoon, as Republicans scramble ...

2017-03-24 09:50 EDT

MA Ranked 34th in US for Property Taxes
GoLocal Worcester
“Property taxes are insignificant to some and the bane of others' existence. The average American household spends $2,149 on property taxes for their homes each year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and residents of the 27 states with vehicle ...
2017's Property Taxes by State | WalletHub® WalletHub

2017-03-02 07:46 EST

The MBTA

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MBTA overstating its budget woes, critics say
The Boston Globe
Public transportation advocates have praised the MBTA's current leadership and its fiscal control board for keeping careful watch over the agency's finances. But the recent proposals to scale back passenger service have raised concerns that the agency ...
Fact-checking the T's structural deficit CommonWealth magazine

2017-03-23 13:05 EDT

MBTA bus maintenance spending highest in the nation, report says ...
My Fox Boston
BOSTON - A new study ranks the MBTA at the top of the lists for bus maintenance costs of the largest public transit systems in the United States. The information ...
MBTA bus maintenance No. 1 – in cost | Boston Herald Boston Herald

2017-03-23 23:01 EDT

MBTA looks to replace Green Line cars, rail engines
The Boston Globe
Steve Poftak, a member of the MBTA's oversight board, said Monday that a draft plan, due to be released in July, will likely recommend the purchase of hundreds of new Green Line cars and many commuter rail locomotives and coaches. “That's a procurement ...
Charlie Baker Likes the Mockup of the New MBTA Trains Boston magazine (blog)
MBTA floats options amid backlash over possible service cuts The Salem News
See inside a mock up of the new MBTA Orange Line cars that will be built in Springfield MassLive.com
Boston Business Journal - CBS Boston / WBZ
2017-03-21 23:47 EDT

EDITORIAL: Not on board with MBTA cuts - News - Beverly Citizen ...
Wicked Local Beverly
Last week, Gov. Charlie Baker's administration proposed cutting weekend commuter rail service, along with transit services for individuals with disabilities, ...
Alternatives sought to weekend commuter rail cut - News - Woburn ... Wicked Local Woburn
Alternatives sought to weekend commuter rail cut Wicked Local Wilmington
EDITORIAL: Baker's fix for T deficit hits political yellow light - Lowell ... Lowell Sun
Boston Herald
2017-03-23 16:06 EDT

Man Takes Tumble Onto MBTA Track, Is Saved by Onlookers
NECN
An unidentified man tumbled onto the subway track at the Davis Square MBTA station on St. Patrick's Day, in an incident that was caught on camera. The man, who later told police that he had been drinking prior to the incident, was rescued by several ...

2017-03-22 15:32 EDT

MBTA moves to privatize customer service jobs
The Boston Globe
Dozens of workers assigned to customers service posts at MBTA stations would be replaced by private-sector “ambassadors” under the plan, which the transit agency said could reduce the cost of the services they provide by more than $8.3 million annually.

2017-03-19 20:00 EDT

Take a tour of the model of the new MBTA Orange Line cars being built in Springfield (video)
MassLive.com
The MBTA's Mark DeVitto walked MassLive.com through a mock up of the new Orange Line car, showing the design picked out by the public, new security cameras inside the car, wider doors and other measures designed to improve the safety of the line.

2017-03-22 06:36 EDT

MBTA, take note: No other major commuter rail closes for whole weekend
The Boston Globe
“I've never heard of that in a major American city,” Jon Orcutt, a spokesman for Transit Center, a New York-based foundation that studies and advocates for public transportation, said of the MBTA proposal. “The outcry would be hard to imagine if ...
MBTA weighs ending weekend commuter rail service The Providence Journal
The end of MBTA weekend commuter rail service? It's on the table MassLive.com
MBTA May End Weekend Commuter Rail Service, Cut Services To Disabled WBUR
Lowell Sun - Daily Item
2017-03-15 22:26 EDT

Opinion: Walking through the proposed MBTA service cuts
Wicked Local Watertown
The MBTA has proposed service cuts among other measures to balance its budget — specifically, ending weekend service on some commuter rail lines and trimming the zone in which they offer rides to persons with disabilities back to the zone required by ...

2017-03-20 10:00 EDT

Man rescued after falling on tracks at Davis Square MBTA station
My Fox Boston
SOMERVILLE, Mass. - A group of Tufts freshmen rushed in to save a man in trouble who fell onto the tracks at the Davis Square MBTA station. Surveillance footage shows the dramatic rescue that played out like a scene out a movie. Eric Sinton, a 20-year ...
College Students Rescue Man From Tracks At MBTA Station « CBS ... CBS Boston / WBZ
Tufts Students Save Man Who Fell on Tracks at Davis Square Station Patch.com

2017-03-21 20:50 EDT

Other News

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Letter: Let's make Trump's budget fair to Massachusetts
The Salem News
According to Wikipedia and Wallet Hub, Massachusetts receives only 81 cents for every tax dollar that we send in, while places such as South Carolina, where Budget Director Mick Mulvaney hails from, get $2.50 back for every dollar they send in to the feds.

2017-03-23 23:29 EDT

Massachusetts driver charged in baby's death on NYC street
Times Herald-Record
NEW YORK (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been charged with fatally striking a 1-year-old girl with his vehicle as she was being pushed in a stroller across a New York City street. Police say the girl's mother was pushing her across an intersection on ...
Western Massachusetts man charged with fatally striking 1-year-old in stroller MassLive.com
Man charged when baby girl, 1, is fatally struck in East Elmhurst: police New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV

2017-03-24 07:01 EDT

Prosecutors: Massachusetts Man Ran Over Ex-Wife 4 Times
U.S. News & World Report
Prosecutors: Massachusetts Man Ran Over Ex-Wife 4 Times. Prosecutors in Massachusetts say a man ran over his ex-wife four times in the driveway of their Quincy home, killing her, after they fought over his alleged gambling last year. | March 24, 2017 ...

2017-03-24 03:45 EDT

Drought conditions improving across Massachusetts - The Boston ...
The Boston Globe
Last weeks winter storm brings some drought relief to areas on the Cape and in Eastern Massachusetts.

2017-03-23 19:23 EDT

Gas stations disappearing across Massachusetts - Boston.com
Boston.com
Massachusetts drivers had best keep a close watch on their car's gas gauge these days.
Graphics: Gas stations on the decline in Massachusetts - The Boston ... The Boston Globe

2017-03-23 23:49 EDT

Congressional lawmakers release report touting Obamacare's positive impacts in Massachusetts
MassLive.com
As House Republicans moved to shore up final support for their Affordable Care Act replacement plan Thursday, members of Massachusetts' congressional delegation released a report highlighting how the controversial health care law has benefitted state ...
Massachusetts could lose federal funds if health care bill passes wwlp.com
American Health Care Act | Congressional Budget Office Congressional Budget Office

2017-03-23 16:29 EDT

NH adds troopers along border to stop drugs from Massachusetts
WCVB Boston
The bill, amended from its original version, taps into the state's current fiscal year budget surplus for $1.15 million to fund five additional state troopers to work with law enforcement officials in Massachusetts on a new Cross-Border Drug ...

2017-03-24 05:55 EDT

Massachusetts State Police Trooper Suffers Medical Issue, Dies
NBC Boston
Massachusetts State Police Trooper Matthew Daigle died March 22, 2017 after a medical emergency during a run. He was 31. Massachusetts State Police troopers are mourning the sudden death of one of their own Wednesday. Trooper Matthew Daigle, 31, ...
Matthew Daigle identified as Massachusetts state trooper who died unexpectedly Wednesday MassLive.com
Massachusetts State Police Trooper Dies After Medical Emergency While Exercising CBS Boston / WBZ
Off-duty Massachusetts State Police Trooper dies Turn to 10
Officer.com (press release) (registration) (blog) - wwlp.com - U.S. News & World Report
2017-03-23 19:22 EDT

Pat Kelsey turns down Massachusetts after taking coaching job
USA TODAY
“For personal reasons, I have asked the University of Massachusetts to allow me to be released from the offer I accepted to be the head men's basketball coach," Kelsey said. "To be clear, this decision is entirely personal and in no way an assessment ...
Pat Kelsey Backs Out as UMass Coach, Cites Personal Reasons U.S. News & World Report

2017-03-23 17:38 EDT

Massachusetts Weather: Snow in forecast for Friday, freezing rain over weekend
MassLive.com
The National Weather Service reports a chance of snow before noon Friday - 40 percent chance in the Western Massachusetts, 30 percent in Central Massachusetts and 20 percent chance in the Greater Boston area. Any storms will transition into a wintery ...

2017-03-24 07:01 EDT

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