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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Short-term housing rentals targeted for taxes and regulations in Massachusetts
The Patriot Ledger
While cities and towns can independently enact zoning and land-use regulations, they cannot collect new taxes without the Legislature's approval. Airbnb, which was founded in San Francisco in 2008, provides an online platform for people to rent out ...

2017-05-26 12:18 EDT

On Beacon Hill, new talk of raising taxes
The Boston Globe
For a state that insists its old “Taxachusetts” label is outdated, there's a lot of tax-raising talk on Beacon Hill these days. There's the proposal dubbed the millionaires' tax. And a push for additional taxes on marijuana. There's a plan to tax ...

2017-05-14 19:46 EDT

Mass. Will Collect Sales Taxes On Online Purchases July 1 (If There's Not A Legal Fight First)
WBUR
You are still required to individually calculate and pay Massachusetts' 6.25 percent sales tax when you buy something online from a retailer that doesn't collect it, such as Overstock. You're supposed to do this when you file your annual taxes. But, in ...

2017-05-10 05:52 EDT

Home listed on Airbnb? Prepare for higher taxes in Massachusetts
MassLive.com
The Massachusetts Statehouse debated its $40.79 billion spending budget this week, and one proposal includes a new tax on Airbnb rentals. The Senate's budget proposal includes taxing Airbnb and other vacation rental websites, according to the State ...

2017-05-17 07:26 EDT

The Actual 'Single Greatest Witch Hunt of a Politician' in US History
The Atlantic
The likening of Trump's perceived mistreatment by political adversaries and the media alike to a witch hunt drew many on social media to correct the president, including Seth Moulton, a congressman from Massachusetts who represents Salem, the town ...
Salem's Seth Moulton trolls Trump for 'witch hunt' tweet Boston.com

2017-05-18 14:43 EDT

Massachusetts Lawmakers Weigh Tax On Soda, Sugary Drinks
CBS Boston / WBZ
BOSTON (AP) — Lawmakers on Beacon Hill are joining activists in other states pushing for taxes on sodas that they say will ease the rise in obesity-related diseases and bring in money for programs aimed at improving the health of children in ...

2017-05-13 12:59 EDT

With tax collections down, Massachusetts government 'reviewing all options'
MassLive.com
BOSTON -- With state tax revenues coming in lower than expected in April, Massachusetts government officials are "carefully reviewing all options to maintain the Commonwealth's fiscal stability," Secretary of Administration and Finance Kristen Lepore ...

2017-05-03 19:42 EDT

The state budget is cratering. Blame Trump's tax cuts
The Boston Globe
In fact, the root cause doesn't lie in Massachusetts at all. Our current ... The automatic sort, such as the withholdings from your paycheck for Medicare, Social Security, and state taxes, don't allow much opportunity for gamesmanship of tax deferral ...
Trump on Corporate Inversion: These People Have No Loyalty to this Country | Video | RealClearPolitics RealClearPolitics
Trump Open to Raising Gas Tax and Negotiating Tax Overhaul Plan Bloomberg
3 Ways Trump's Tax Proposal Could Change the Economy The Fiscal Times

2017-05-05 17:44 EDT

Women still lag in winning office in Massachusetts - News ...
SouthCoastToday.com
Ninety-four years have passed since the first two women were elected to office in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.Sylvia Donaldson, a Republican ...

2017-05-13 21:48 EDT

Massachusetts state Senate budget aims to collect $400M in new revenue
Boston Herald
The state Senate is poised to release a $40.3 billion budget proposal that relies on $400 million in new revenue, including fees on Airbnb rentals and changes to how the state collects online sale taxes. The spending plan — similar to proposals from ...
$409M In Tax Changes: See How Mass. Senate Proposed New Revenue Patch.com

2017-05-16 11:30 EDT

The MBTA

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MBTA passes for all at local colleges?
The Boston Globe
A widely available discounted pass for college students would seem like a no-brainer in this town full of universities — so why is the notion taking so long to catch on? The MBTA has been trying to launch a better “university pass” program that would ...

2017-05-27 13:34 EDT

MBTA management overhaul planned with Shortsleeve departure
Wicked Local Dover
Steve Poftak, vice chair of the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board, was named Thursday as the T's interim general manager. He replaces MBTA Chief Administrator and acting General Manager Brian Shortsleeve (left). [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] ...

2017-05-27 17:23 EDT

MBTA general manager Shortsleeve to step down
The Boston Globe
Steve Poftak, the vice chair of the MBTA's governing board, will take Shortsleeve's place at the end of June, Governor Charlie Baker announced Thursday afternoon. Poftak will serve as interim general manager while the T conducts a national search for a ...
Shortsleeve departure triggers overhaul of MBTA management The Patriot Ledger
The MBTA leadership team is undergoing a sudden overhaul with Acting General Manager Brian Shortsleeve ... WBUR

2017-05-25 19:15 EDT

State Senate approves commission to study troubled MBTA pension fund
The Boston Globe
The state Senate this week approved a budget amendment that would create a commission to review the troubled MBTA pension fund. Under the measure, passed unanimously late Thursday and made public Saturday, an 11-member panel would be ...

2017-05-27 13:10 EDT

MBTA still searching for new general manager amid fiscal control board switcheroo
MassLive.com
The MBTA, which sees $1 billion in taxpayer money every year, is still in "turnaround mode," Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday as he announced Brian Shortsleeve, brought in two years ago to help right the troubled public transit agency, ...

2017-05-25 16:55 EDT

MBTA Bus Driver Stabbed In Lynn
CBS Boston / WBZ
The President of the MBTA driver's union, Boston Carmen Union, Local 589 called the attack “unacceptable” and pointed out that the all the MBTA buses need better security and driver protection. President Jimmy O'Brien also said, “Bus operators have the ...
Man charged with stabbing MBTA bus driver in Lynn The Boston Globe
MBTA bus driver stabbed by passenger WCVB Boston
MBTA Bus Driver Stabbed in Lynn; Man In Custody NECN
My Fox Boston
2017-05-21 18:18 EDT

MBTA pension fund needs $1 billion, report says
The Boston Globe
The MBTA Retirement Fund will need $1 billion in additional taxpayer funding over the next 18 years if it is to pay retirees as promised and remain solvent, according to a report the transit authority's chief plans to present at a public meeting Monday.

2017-05-22 02:56 EDT

MBTA pension fund faces $1B shortfall
News & Observer
A new report by the chief of the MBTA says the transit agency's retirement fund will need $1 billion in additional taxpayer funding over the next 18 years if it is to pay retirees as promised and remain solvent. Brian Shortsleeve, the Massachusetts Bay ...
Ballooning MBTA pension gap forces officials to weigh options Boston Business Journal

2017-05-22 08:21 EDT

Why did the MBTA bounce these mattress ads? Too spicy
The Boston Globe
The ads may be edgy and irreverent, but MBTA officials were not amused. A T spokesman said the ads violate the agency's guidelines against “prurient sexual suggestiveness.” The rules forbid the description of sexual activities “in a way that the ...

2017-05-19 17:16 EDT

MBTA working on shutdown plan
The Salem News
GLOUCESTER — The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is working on a plan to ease the plight of riders during a series of weekend commuter rail shutdowns set to begin in early July. The MBTA expects to lay out those plans during a new round of ...

2017-05-19 19:29 EDT

Other News

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Authorities ID Woman, 18, Whose Body Was Found in Reservoir
U.S. News & World Report
Authorities in Massachusetts have identified an 18-year-old woman who apparently drowned in a Douglas reservoir. | May 28, 2017, at 3:25 p.m.. MORE. LinkedIn · StumbleUpon · Google +; Cancel. Authorities ID Woman, 18, Whose Body Was Found in ...
Oxford, Mass. Girl ID'd as Teen Drowned in Douglas NECN

2017-05-28 15:31 EDT

Massachusetts Governor Seeks Coalition Against Medicaid Cuts ...
U.S. News & World Report
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker says he wants to find a coalition of fellow governors and U.S. senators from both parties to push back against deep cuts to ...
Massachusetts governor seeks coalition against Medicaid cuts News & Observer

2017-05-27 09:50 EDT

Fallen Massachusetts Veterans To Get NASCAR Salute In Coca-Cola 600
NESN.com
When Kurt Busch and Ryan Blaney compete in the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday, they won't be driving for just themselves, or even their crews and sponsors. The drivers, along with the rest of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series field, will be taking part in ...
Two fallen Massachusetts vets to be honored at Coca-Cola 600 Boston Herald
Monster Energy All-Star Race format 101 Nascar

2017-05-28 15:22 EDT

Authorities: Pedestrian Hit, Killed by Police Cruiser
U.S. News & World Report
Authorities: Pedestrian Hit, Killed by Police Cruiser. Authorities in Massachusetts say a police cruiser hit and killed a pedestrian overnight on Cape Cod. | May 28, 2017, at 12:19 p.m.. MORE. LinkedIn · StumbleUpon · Google +; Cancel. Authorities ...
Pedestrian struck, killed by police cruiser Cape Cod Times (subscription)
Man Struck, Killed By Barnstable Police Cruiser CBS Boston / WBZ

2017-05-28 10:11 EDT

Organ donor roster growing in Massachusetts
The Salem News
In Massachusetts, 3,544 are on waiting lists, according to New England Donor Services. But public health officials here are encouraged by a growing number of people who are willing to donate their organs when they die to give strangers a chance to live.

2017-05-28 18:10 EDT

Massachusetts girl holds lemonade stand to save town library
Fox News
Mia MaGuire spent Saturday selling lemonade outside the Berkley Public Library in Berkley, Mass. (Boston 25 News). BERKLEY, Mass. – One little girl is hoping a cup of lemonade will help keep the doors open at her town library. Mia MaGuire spent ...

2017-05-28 07:32 EDT

State Budget Plan Now in the Hands of Conference Committee
U.S. News & World Report
The next stop for the proposed state budget is a six-member conference committee charged with hammering out the differences between the Massachusetts House and Senate versions of the spending plan. | May 28, 2017, at 9:21 a.m.. MORE.
Massachusetts Senate passes $40.8 billion state budget amid unclear revenue picture, proposes tax on Airbnb MassLive.com

2017-05-28 09:25 EDT

Massachusetts man claims 2nd consecutive pepperoni roll eating title
West Virginia MetroNews
FAIRMONT, W.Va. –– Well over seven pounds of bread and pepperoni was what an Oxford, Massachusetts man ate in ten minutes Saturday night in Marion County to reclaim his world title in pepperoni roll eating. Geoffrey Esper was one of eleven people ...

2017-05-28 13:26 EDT

Massachusetts Weather Forecast: Memorial Day Rain Timeline - Patch
Patch.com
Boston, MA - Plan you morning carefully - here's when the rain is expected to come where you are.

2017-05-28 17:35 EDT

Massachusetts man breaks collarbone in Standish car-bicycle ...
WGME
STANDISH (WGME) -- A Massachusetts man bicycling in Standish broke his collar bone after police said a driver failed to stop for a red light and turned into his ...

2017-05-27 17:43 EDT

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