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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2018-04-21 01:29 EDT

Former Gov. of Massachusetts: De-scheduling marijuana is 'excellent politics for President Trump'
CNBC
The former Republican governor of Massachusetts-turned Libertarian has made his newfound feelings about marijuana well-known, since announcing last week he would join former House Speaker John Boehner on the board of medical marijuana company, Acreage ...

2018-04-20 18:44 EDT

Will the millionaires' tax spur an exodus of the rich from Massachusetts?
Boston Business Journal
The argument: Of the 10 states with the highest percentage of million-dollar earners in 2015, four — the District of Columbia, New York, New Jersey and California — had high income taxes for the wealthy, according to MassBudget. Each of the four has ...

2018-04-17 06:29 EDT

Massachusetts, a Health Pioneer, Turns Its Focus to Drug Prices. It's in for a Fight.
New York Times
WASHINGTON — Massachusetts, which led the nation in expanding health insurance coverage, now wants to rein in the growth of prescription drug spending for low-income people on Medicaid, but its proposals have met an icy reaction from patients and drug ...

2018-03-31 11:55 EDT

Josh Zakim Challenges 6-Term Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin
NECN
2018 seems to be the year of challengers to longtime incumbents in Massachusetts. Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim says he would bring a fresh perspective to the Secretary of State's Office. Fellow Democrat William Galvin, in office for 24 years, says ...

2018-04-20 18:49 EDT

Massachusetts tax filing deadline postponed to April 18 after IRS glitch
MassLive.com
Massachusetts tax filers who waited until the last minute will have until midnight Wednesday to file their taxes. The deadline for federal and state taxes had been Tuesday. But the IRS postponed the federal tax deadline by a day after the IRS's online ...
Direct Pay | Internal Revenue Service IRS
IRS provides additional day to file and pay for taxpayers through Wednesday, April 18; IRS processing systems back ... IRS
How to file for an extension on your 2017 taxes CNNMoney
Complex
2018-04-18 16:32 EDT

Trends We're Watching in 2018, Part 5: 21st Century Consumption Taxes
Just Taxes Blog (blog)
The Massachusetts House passed a bill that would levy a 4 percent state tax on rentals like Airbnb. Airbnb often offers to collect taxes to avoid new regulations or outright bans on its short-term rentals. The system of individual negotiations has led ...

2018-04-20 13:44 EDT

Keller @ Large: Federal Tax Changes Could Have Huge Impact In Massachusetts
CBS Boston / WBZ
BOSTON (CBS) – I hate to spoil your mood this morning, but tax filing deadline day is just 11 days away. And if you think doing your taxes is a pain in the wallet now, just wait until next year. Last time I checked, taxation analysts were predicting ...

2018-04-06 08:46 EDT

Ballot question pitched for Community Preservation Act in Worcester
Worcester Telegram
WORCESTER - A coalition of more than a dozen organizations is asking the City Council to initiate the process for placing a question on the November ballot so voters can decide whether to adopt the Community Preservation Act. The group, called "Yes for ...
Worcester-based coalition pushes to get Community Preservation Act on the city's November ballot MassLive.com

2018-04-20 17:43 EDT

This Is What Massachusetts Taxpayers Are Most Worried About This Tax Season
CBS Boston / WBZ
But what may come as a surprise is what people are willing to do to get out of paying their taxes. According to an AskMen-Offers.com survey conducted with more than 1,000 people across the nation, 24% of Americans would be willing to shave their heads ...

2018-04-04 17:28 EDT

Neighborhood dispute over Cambridge dispensary could upend Massachusetts' marijuana industry
MassLive.com
A dispute between neighbors has the potential to derail Massachusetts' entire marijuana industry. Cambridge neighbors of the medical marijuana dispensary Healthy Pharms have sued the dispensary in federal court. The neighbors, led by Crimson Galeria ...

2018-04-19 06:46 EDT

The MBTA

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2018-04-21 01:29 EDT

MBTA announces the T's arrival prediction times will now be more ...
The Boston Globe
Good news from the MBTA — the agency recently improved the accuracy of the subway's arrival prediction times on its website and certain smartphone apps, the MBTA announced Friday. The subway system will now offer better predictions for the Red, Orange ...
MBTA improves accuracy of real-time information for subway ... Sampan
Real-time Train Predictions Will Be More Accurate, MBTA Says Metro US

2018-04-20 14:19 EDT

MBTA's real estate chief takes top state housing job
Boston Business Journal
Janelle Chan, formerly the chief of real estate for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, has been named undersecretary for housing and community development for the state's executive office of housing and economic development. She will be ...

2018-04-20 12:23 EDT

MBTA executive named head of state housing and community ...
The Boston Globe
Massachusetts has a new chief of housing. The Baker administration Thursday named Janelle Chan as undersecretary for Housing and Community Development, overseeing the state's affordable housing programs, community service, and assistance for homeless ...

2018-04-19 11:41 EDT

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker asks feds to okay deeper review ...
MassLive.com
By ANDY METZGER. Massachusetts commuter rail officials should have greater ability to consider the driving histories of locomotive engineers when making personnel decisions, Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday. The governor wrote to the Federal Railroad ...
Commuter rail engineers' driving records concerns Baker Lowell Sun
Governor Baker moves to crack down on commuter train engineers ... The Boston Globe

2018-04-19 18:35 EDT

AG: MBTA Failed to Publicly Bid Construction of North Quincy Parking Garage
Banker & Tradesman
MBTA violated the law by failing to publicly bid construction of a new parking garage at the North Quincy MBTA station, according to a new ruling from the attorney general's office. The ruling, which requires construction of the garage to be put out to ...

2018-04-19 11:58 EDT

2 arrested after dropping unregistered gun in MBTA station
The Boston Globe
Two people were arrested at the Forest Hills MBTA station Friday after a man dropped an unregistered gun he was carrying in his waistband, police said. Officers were monitoring a school break at the station around 2:30 p.m. when they noticed a man who ...

2018-04-17 12:21 EDT

MBTA Contract No. R44CN02, CABOT YARD & MAINTENANCE FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS, SOUTH BOSTON
BayStateBanner
Electronic bids for MBTA Contract No. R44CN02, CABOT YARD & MAINTENANCE FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS, SOUTH BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, CLASS 1 – GENERAL TRANSIT CONSTRUCTION - $50,000,000.00, CLASS 3 – TRACKWORK - $35,000,000.00, CLASS 5 – ELECTRICAL - $50,000 ...

2018-04-18 11:16 EDT

Report: Nearly 50 MBTA Engineers Have Had Their Driver's Licenses Suspended
NBC10 Boston
Nearly 50 MBTA commuter rail engineers have had their driver's licenses suspended, according to a Boston Globe report. Forty-four of those engineers have had their driver's licenses suspended more than once. The report cites engineer Dean Walker, whose ...
Report: Nearly 50 MBTA Engineers Have Had Their Driver's ... NECN

2018-04-16 11:27 EDT

MBTA Silver Line expansion service to Chelsea set to begin Saturday
WCVB Boston
The MBTA's expansion of the Silver Line into Chelsea is scheduled to open on Saturday after three years of construction and preparation. The Silver Line 3 route goes between Chelsea, East Boston, Logan Airport, Seaport District and South Station ...

2018-04-17 16:34 EDT

MBTA sets a $2b budget, but head of advisory board says new revenue sources are still needed
The Boston Globe
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority finalized a budget of more than $2 billion for the upcoming fiscal year, while a representative of the cities and towns served by the T called for more revenue for the transit system. The $2.06 billion ...
Board to MBTA: Greater efficiency 'not a substitute for adequate funding' Boston Business Journal
Road Closures, Parking Restrictions, MBTA Changes For 2018 Boston Marathon CBS Boston / WBZ

2018-04-09 17:16 EDT

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2018-04-21 01:29 EDT

Massachusetts unemployment rate holds steady; state adds 4000 jobs
MassLive.com
BOSTON -- The Massachusetts unemployment rate remained at 3.5 percent in March, according to figures released Friday by the the state Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development and the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state added 4,700 ...
Massachusetts gains 47K jobs, unemployment rate unchanged Worcester Telegram
State Gains 47K Jobs in March, Unemployment Rate Unchanged U.S. News & World Report

2018-04-20 13:49 EDT

Former Gov. of Massachusetts: De-scheduling marijuana is 'excellent politics for President Trump'
CNBC
The former Republican governor of Massachusetts-turned Libertarian has made his newfound feelings about marijuana well-known, since announcing last week he would join former House Speaker John Boehner on the board of medical marijuana company, Acreage ...

2018-04-20 18:44 EDT

420 Day: Massachusetts public safety officials warn about drugged driving
MassLive.com
Citing an increase in fatal car crashes on April 20 after 4:20 p.m., a date and time associated with marijuana culture, Massachusetts public safety officials are asking drivers to be careful on the road Friday. Massachusetts voters broadly legalized ...

2018-04-20 10:28 EDT

Massachusetts Funds Foreclosure Prevention Program For 10th Year
WAMC
The home foreclosure rate in Massachusetts is higher than the national average. But there is a program now in its 10th year that state officials say is helping keep people in their homes. The Massachusetts Division of Banks has awarded $1.5 million ...

2018-04-20 15:19 EDT

Transgender question puts bigotry and fear on the ballot
The Boston Globe
And so it was that the Commonwealth, having successfully solved every other crisis, returned once more to the most pressing matter of their time: Who gets to use which potty? — excerpt from “A History of 21st Century Massachusetts,” to be published in ...

2018-04-19 11:21 EDT

Last Call: Massachusetts AB Wholesaler Cleared in Pay-For-Play Case; New Holland to Open Third Michigan Brewery
Brewbound.com
... Co. of Massachusetts, with providing nearly $1 million in free Budweiser-branded coolers and draft equipment to hundreds of bars and liquor stores — a prohibited practice known as inducement — between 2014 and early 2015 for use specifically with ...

2018-04-20 15:53 EDT

Rigorous Energy Standards Should Put Massachusetts Growers on ...
Cannabis Business Times
Cannabis growers should place great emphasis on operating procedures, given the state's expansive energy requirements.

2018-04-20 08:47 EDT

Massachusetts preschool tells children to stop saying 'best friend'
Fox News
A Massachusetts mother says a preschool told her daughter that she shouldn't use the term 'best friend'. (FOX25 Boston). None of the students at a Massachusetts preschool have a best friend. And that's an order. Pentucket Workshop Preschool's "best ...
Massachusetts preschool bans kids from using term 'best friend ... WTVD-TV
Massachusetts preschool bans kids from using term 'best friend' 6abc.com
Massachusetts Preschool Tells Kids They Can't Say 'Best Friend' NewBostonPost (blog)
WCYB - Boston 25 News
2018-04-20 09:18 EDT

Josh Zakim Challenges 6-Term Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin
NBC10 Boston
2018 seems to be the year of challengers to longtime incumbents in Massachusetts. Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim says he would bring a fresh perspective to the Secretary of State's Office. Fellow Democrat William Galvin, in office for 24 years, says ...

2018-04-20 18:47 EDT

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