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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2018-05-23 21:29 EDT

Transportation taxes, rural school aid, Western Massachusetts hospitals among Senate budget amendments
MassLive.com
BOSTON -- Should cities and towns be allowed to raise their own tax revenue for municipal transportation projects? Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, introduced an amendment to the Senate's fiscal 2019 state budget that would allow cities and towns to ...

2018-05-21 06:21 EDT

BCBS of Massachusetts blames federal taxes for $97.2M operating loss
Becker's Hospital Review
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the state's largest health insurer with 2.8 million enrollees, said its first quarter operating loss stemmed from the ACA's insurer fee and federal tax reform. BCBS of Massachusetts posted a $97.2 million ...

2018-05-16 16:00 EDT

Legalization of sports betting in Massachusetts won't happen in 2018, House Speaker Robert DeLeo says
MassLive.com
Several states are already moving forward with regulations in the hopes of getting a legal sports betting industry -- and a stream of revenue through taxes -- up and running quickly. That could leave Massachusetts at a potential disadvantage if the ...

2018-05-23 15:44 EDT

Pondering the sphinx-like Charlie Baker
The Boston Globe
He could also deliver a straight-up “yes” or “no” on a range of issues, from casinos to taxes. For all the political ... He has carved out the safe, dull middle ground of Massachusetts politics, save for the obvious election year death-penalty swerve ...

2018-05-23 16:06 EDT

As I See It: Learning once again that Massachusetts politics is always one-sided
Worcester Telegram
Massachusetts campaign finance law requires politicians accepting political contributions to accurately identify the person making the contribution. Section 10 of Chapter 55 of Massachusetts General Laws makes it a crime for anyone to “make a campaign ...

2018-04-27 03:29 EDT

Massachusetts House to vote on 'extreme risk' gun bill
MassLive.com
The Massachusetts House will vote Wednesday on a bill that would allow a family member to petition a judge to confiscate someone's gun, if the person poses a danger to themselves or others. "Children are going to school and not coming home, people are ...
'Extreme risk' gun bill passes Massachusetts House Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

2018-05-23 12:10 EDT

Vineyard Wind scores Massachusetts utility contracts in state-sponsored clean energy contest
MassLive.com
BOSTON -- The first-round winner has been announced in a high-stakes contest to provide offshore wind energy to Massachusetts utilities. Vineyard Wind will enter contract negotiations with the state's major electric companies to sell output from an ...
New wind projects would deliver enough power for 400K homes Fort Worth Star Telegram

2018-05-23 16:58 EDT

A point-counterpoint on millionaire migration patterns
CommonWealth magazine
SULLIVAN: Florida has no income, capital gains, or estate taxes. Florida accounts for nearly half of Massachusetts' out-migration of adjusted gross income at all income levels, yet Young minimizes the state's attraction to millionaires by saying that ...

2018-05-22 17:11 EDT

Massachusetts Senate votes to require schools to publish meal debt policies
MassLive.com
In this Thursday, May 4, 2017 photo, third grader Elliana Vigil punches in his student identification meal to pay for a meal at Gonzales Community School in Santa Fe, N.M. All students are offered the same lunch at Gonzales and other Santa Fe public ...

2018-05-23 13:32 EDT

Massachusetts legislators to debate confiscating guns from people ...
MassLive.com
Members of the Massachusetts House will consider a bill Wednesday that would temporarily take away weapons from people deemed a risk to themselves or ...
'Extreme Risk' Gun Bill Being Debated at Mass. State House NECN
'Extreme risk' gun bill to be debated in Massachusetts WNYT

2018-05-23 07:40 EDT

The MBTA

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2018-05-23 21:29 EDT

Weekend MBTA ferry service to return for Memorial Day
The Patriot Ledger
Weekend commuter ferry service between Hingham, Hull, George's Island and Boston will return beginning Saturday, May 26, the MBTA announced Wednesday. The service will operate 14 hourly ferry trips on Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day ...

2018-05-23 15:05 EDT

The MBTA is giving a big summer discount on weekend commuter ...
The Boston Globe
Looking to boost ridership on a system that typically serves weekday commuters heading to downtown Boston, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority ...
The MBTA is offering a summer weekend discount for commuter rail riders Boston.com
'Leisure' MBTA commuter rail, with special $10 summer weekends, starts June 9 MassLive.com
MBTA cuts Commuter Rail summer weekend fares to $10 Wicked Local
Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News - wbsm.com
2018-05-21 16:38 EDT

The MBTA will offer $10 weekend fares on the commuter rail this summer
Boston.com
Weekend train trips to points outside of Boston are about to cheaper: The MBTA is offering a $10 fare that covers unlimited single-weekend travel through all commuter rail zones on Saturdays and Sundays from June 9 through September 2. The special fare ...
MBTA Pilots $10 Summer Weekend Commuter Rail Fare | WBUR ... WBUR
Coming This Summer: Unlimited Commuter Rail Rides All Weekend For $10 CBS Boston / WBZ
MBTA offering weekend discount on commuter trains Worcester Telegram
NBC10 Boston
2018-05-22 16:19 EDT

MBTA to install PTC on Worcester Line
Progressive Rail Roading
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) on May 26 will begin positive train control (PTC) installation along the Worcester Line. To give crews space to carry out the work, the agency will halt weekend train service between the Worcester ...
MBTA to build new platform at Union Station; Worcester scales back ... Worcester Telegram

2018-05-22 10:30 EDT

Inside the large, abandoned MBTA tunnel beneath downtown Boston
Boston.com
City officials opened up the tunnel below City Hall Plaza for tours Monday as part of Boston Preservation Month. Read more on Boston.com.
Boston Landmark Commission hosts public tour of abandoned MBTA tunnel Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News
Photos: There's An Abandoned Subway Tunnel Under Boston City ... WBUR

2018-05-21 19:58 EDT

In reversal, MBTA and Charlie Baker seek change in budget rules
The Boston Globe
A state law passed in 2015 required the MBTA to shift hundreds of employees who were paid through the agency's capital budget, which funds repair and construction work, onto its operating budget, which covers the system's day-to-day workings. Under the ...

2018-05-19 14:12 EDT

MBTA's Worcester commuter rail line replaced by buses for 11 weekends, starting May 26
MassLive.com
Weekend riders on the MBTA's Worcester commuter rail line will be boarding buses for most of the summer as the public transit agency installs federally mandated infrastructure. Free shuttle buses will run on weekends starting on May 26 as part of a ...
Buses Replace Trains On Worcester To Framingham Line - Patch Patch.com

2018-05-21 16:50 EDT

Man stabbed near MBTA station in East Boston
WCVB Boston
A man was stabbed early Monday in East Boston. The incident happened at midnight at Bennington and Swift streets, near the Wood Island MBTA station. Advertisement. The victim, a man in his 20s, was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital to be treated ...

2018-05-21 05:51 EDT

MBTA to Offer Weekend Discount Aimed at Boosting Ridership
NECN
The Boston-area transit system is offering a weekend discount on commuter trains this summer in a bid to boost ridership during a normally slow period. The $10 pass will offer unlimited rides on commuter rail for a weekend. The program was approved ...

2018-05-22 05:19 EDT

The MBTA is worried about a proposal to limit the agency's advertising
The Boston Globe
A fight over advertising on the streets of Boston has escalated to the halls of the Beacon Hill. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is at odds with preservationists and now lawmakers, who are pushing to limit the agency's power to advertise ...

2018-05-09 13:58 EDT

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2018-05-23 21:29 EDT

Massachusetts Gains Foothold in Offshore Wind Power, Long ...
New York Times
The wind farms have increasingly become mainstream sources of power in Northern Europe, but the United States has largely not pursued the technology.
Massachusetts and Rhode Island announce large offshore wind projects Press Herald
Massachusetts announces historic offshore wind contract The Hill
Massachusetts wind power takes a big step forward The Boston Globe
SouthCoastToday.com
2018-05-23 14:40 EDT

Massachusetts Considering 3 Companies For Nation's First Commercial Offshore Wind Farm
WCAI
The coast of Massachusetts is an ideal location to harness the power of wind and now, developers are vying for a chance to build turbine farms about 15 miles south of Martha's Vineyard. But what exactly will all of this look like? To get a better sense ...
Massachusetts to give green light to 1st offshore wind farm Boston Herald

2018-05-23 11:17 EDT

There's no sign of a slowdown in Mass. home prices
The Boston Globe
Slightly more single-family homes were sold in April statewide than during the same time last year, marking the first year-over-year increase in sales in Massachusetts since last November, according to housing data tracking firm the Warren Group. The 4 ...

2018-05-23 05:01 EDT

Massachusetts legislators to debate confiscating guns from people ...
MassLive.com
Members of the Massachusetts House will consider a bill Wednesday that would temporarily take away weapons from people deemed a risk to themselves or ...
'Extreme risk' gun bill to be debated in Massachusetts Seattle Times
'Extreme risk' gun bill to be debated in Massachusetts - WCVB-TV WCVB Boston
'Extreme risk' gun bill passes Massachusetts House Hastings Tribune

2018-05-23 07:40 EDT

Condo sales, prices outpacing home sales in Massachusetts
Lowell Sun
By Michael P. Norton. STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE. BOSTON -- While conditions are challenging for many in the housing market, home and condo sellers in Massachusetts keep finding buyers willing to pay higher prices. Single family home sales in ...

2018-05-23 10:16 EDT

Loose Horses Tie Up Suburban Massachusetts Highway
The Drive
It is not unusual for Route 2, one of the major highways through the MetroWest Boston area, to get bogged down with traffic during rush hour. But Tuesday afternoon's tie-up happened for a different reason than the usual heavy congestion. WCVB reports ...
Loose horses tie up rush-hour traffic in Massachusetts WRAL.com

2018-05-23 10:38 EDT

Rep. Joseph Wagner expected to lead Massachusetts' review of ...
MassLive.com
House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Chairman Joseph Wagner speak to reporters about sports betting on May 23, 2018.( Shira Schoenberg/ The Republican ).

2018-05-23 14:40 EDT

Western Massachusetts residents proud of Brynn Cartelli's win on 'The Voice'
wwlp.com
LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) - It's been the buzz all day long, Brynn Cartelli is the winner of The Voice. 22News talked with people about how proud they are of Brynn and the fact that she is from western Massachusetts. From the red carpet in Hollywood to ...
Massachusetts high school freshman youngest 'Voice' winner Kansas City Star

2018-05-23 18:54 EDT

Massachusetts ICE agents told to stop arresting undocumented ...
MassLive.com
Massachusetts ICE agents were told to stop arresting undocumented immigrants working to secure their status at federal offices.

2018-05-23 08:32 EDT

Report: Overdose deaths, opioid prescriptions declining in Massachusetts
WNYT
BOSTON (AP) - State health officials say deaths related to opioid overdoses in Massachusetts are on the decline. A quarterly report issued Tuesday by the state Department of Public Health estimates 5 percent fewer opioid-related deaths during the first ...

2018-05-23 09:25 EDT

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