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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Should Massachusetts raise its alcohol taxes?
The Boston Globe
Alcohol kills more than 1,500 Massachusetts residents each year and accounts for 10 percent of deaths among our working-age adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, raising alcohol taxes is ...

2017-08-25 08:13 EDT

Business groups promise lawsuit against 'millionaire tax'
Boston.com
BOSTON (AP) — Several business groups are readying a legal challenge aimed at stopping a ballot question that would raise taxes on the state's highest earners. The Massachusetts High Technology Council said in a newsletter to members that a formal ...

2017-09-17 16:31 EDT

Report: Massachusetts ranks 5th worst in state debt per taxpayer
MassLive.com
A new think tank report ranks Massachusetts fifth worst among states in debt per taxpayer. According to the study by the Chicago-based Truth in Accounting, each Massachusetts taxpayer would have to pay $32,900 to pay off the state's debt. The biggest ...

2017-09-19 06:14 EDT

Lawmakers revisit plan to tax short-term rentals
Gloucester Daily Times
But the plan is opposed by the Massachusetts Association of Realtors, which argues that homeowners looking to make a few extra bucks shouldn't be saddled with regulations and excise taxes in addition to property and income taxes. “Our concerns are that ...

2017-09-19 04:08 EDT

Democrats Mount Effort to Recruit Women as State Attorneys General
New York Times
NASHVILLE — Hillary Clinton's defeat last year sparked an intense debate about the role of gender in American politics, but the presidential race overshadowed a deeper structural challenge for Democrats: They have a scarcity of female officeholders in ...

2017-09-19 05:00 EDT

Meet Massachusetts's Pro-Legalization Marijuana Regulator
Forbes
Title was named to the new state cannabis regulatory commission this month in a joint appointment by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey and Treasurer Deb Goldberg. She and her four new colleagues will craft regulations ...
Massachusetts Municipalities Are Fighting to Ban Legal Cannabis – and Winning MERRY JANE

2017-09-18 13:05 EDT

Hospital worker claims record $758.7 million Powerball. Here's her estimated tax bill
CNBC
Lottery site USAMega.com estimates the federal tax withholding would be roughly $120.1 million, with Massachusetts state taxes taking $24 million more. Those figures are just the amounts withheld up front; the final tax burden is likely to be even higher.
Powerball-winning ticket for $758.7 million jackpot sold in Massachusetts Chicago Tribune
Powerball ticket sold in Massachusetts; sole winner to get $758.7M jackpot Fox News
The winning $758.7M Powerball ticket was purchased in Massachusetts Boston.com
TIME - HuffPost - The Guardian
2017-08-24 14:01 EDT

Legislature's Fall Agenda Could Include Medicaid, Taxes
U.S. News & World Report
Legislature's Fall Agenda Could Include Medicaid, Taxes. Summer vacation is nearing an end for Massachusetts lawmakers, who have a lengthy "to do" list for the coming months. Sept. 2, 2017, at 9:11 a.m.. Legislature's Fall Agenda Could Include Medicaid ...

2017-09-02 09:16 EDT

Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey introducing bills in reaction to Equifax data breach
Boston.com
BOSTON (AP) — Democratic senators from Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island are pushing bills after credit reporting company Equifax announced 143 million Americans had their information exposed— including Social Security numbers, ...

2017-09-17 09:38 EDT

Massachusetts town debates keeping legal pot businesses out
Miami Herald
Many of the same Massachusetts voters who opened the door to legal marijuana are closing the door to pot shops within their own communities. More than 100 municipalities already have imposed bans, moratoriums or zoning restrictions on commercial ...
LETTER: 'The Ballot Was Prepared Hush-Hush' Patch.com

2017-09-18 16:13 EDT

The MBTA

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Consultant hired to study safety on MBTA green line
WCVB Boston
The MBTA's green line has the heaviest ridership of any light rail system in the country and the age of the system has proven to be a challenge for years. Federal transit data obtained by 5 Investigates shows there were seven derailments on the green ...
Ahead of winter, MBTA advancing power backup plan The Salem News

2017-09-18 18:55 EDT

Ahead of winter, MBTA advancing backup for its backup power
Metro US
With summer squarely in the rearview mirror, the MBTA is turning its attention to winter and its ability to reliably operate services when the snow flies. The T has updated the winter resiliency plan it put in place in the wake of the disastrous winter ...

2017-09-19 09:38 EDT

Walsh and MBTA are already talking about winter — and it's still September
The Boston Globe
As weather experts discussed the path of Hurricane Jose, which is barreling through the Atlantic and expected to impact the state's coastal communities, Mayor Martin J. Walsh's administration and the MBTA were touting their winter-preparedness efforts.

2017-09-18 15:39 EDT

Transit Police: No sign MBTA is current target of terror
The Boston Globe
Transit Police on Friday increased uniformed patrols on the MBTA's sprawling transportation network in the wake of the terror attack on London's subway, and T police do not have any indication that the MBTA is currently targeted by people “with ...
Transit Police To Increase Presence On MBTA Following London Attack CBS Boston / WBZ
MBTA Official: Transit Systems Are 'Target Rich Environment' NECN

2017-09-15 12:36 EDT

MBTA shakeup complete with new GM on the job
The Boston Globe
Luis Ramirez started his first day as the new general manager of the MBTA on Tuesday, ending a months-long game of musical chairs at the top of the organization. Since earlier this summer. . . Advertisement. □ Acting General Manager Brian Shortsleeve ...

2017-09-12 11:10 EDT

Here's how the new MBTA general manager can earn a $32000 bonus
The Boston Globe
How will the new general manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority be judged? Based on how the state plans to pay him, the answers range from how well he can balance a budget to whether he can make the trains run on time.
MBTA's new chief tried to take the train on his first day on the job and the fare machines weren't working MassLive.com
New General Manager Takes Over At The MBTA WBUR
New MBTA exec rides the rails on his first day on the job The Salem News
Boston Herald
2017-09-12 19:11 EDT

2 People Hit By MBTA Commuter Rail Train In Natick, 1 Killed
CBS Boston / WBZ
NATICK (CBS) – Two people were hit by an MBTA commuter rail train in Natick early Friday morning and one of them died. Transit police say a man and woman were “trespassing on the right of way” near the Speen Street bridge around 5:30 a.m. when both ...
Commuter rail train strikes, kills person in Dedham The Boston Globe
1 Killed, 1 Injured When Struck by MBTA Commuter Rail Train in West Natick NECN
Woman dies, man injured after being struck by commuter rail train in Natick WCVB Boston
Wicked Local Natick - Newburgh Gazette
2017-09-15 06:29 EDT

MBTA transit police increasing patrols after London bombing
Los Angeles Times
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority says its increasing uniformed police patrols after a bomb partially exploded on a crowded London subway train. MBTA Transit Police Superintendent Richard Sullivan said Friday that the MBTA has not been ...

2017-09-16 17:11 EDT

New MBTA CEO Luis Manuel Ramirez starts his $320000-a-year job Tuesday; Here's what to know
MassLive.com
Aging equipment across the system. Signal problems causing delays on the Red Line. A fiscal control and management board keeping a close watch. And new Red and Orange Line trains, which are being built in Springfield, aren't coming for a couple of ...

2017-09-12 06:33 EDT

Keller @ Large: New MBTA GM Eligible For Large, Questionable Bonuses
CBS Boston / WBZ
BOSTON (CBS) – Newly named MBTA General Manager Luis Ramirez could end up with a giant pay package if he's able to improve the struggling transit system. However, while some of the fulfillment requirements for a bonus make sense, others appear to ...

2017-09-14 06:47 EDT

Other News

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A look ahead: Five issues to watch in Massachusetts education
Berkshire Eagle (subscription)
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has been going hard, in the form of lawsuits, against the U.S. Department of Education and Secretary Betsy DeVos for gutting critical federal protections against the misconduct of for-profit schools and ...

2017-09-19 07:28 EDT

Report: Massachusetts ranks 5th worst in state debt per taxpayer
MassLive.com
A new think tank report ranks Massachusetts fifth worst among states in debt per taxpayer. According to the study by the Chicago-based Truth in Accounting, each Massachusetts taxpayer would have to pay $32,900 to pay off the state's debt. The biggest ...

2017-09-19 06:14 EDT

Meet Massachusetts's Pro-Legalization Marijuana Regulator
Forbes
A panel of just five officials is now in charge of implementing Massachusetts's voter-approved marijuana legalization law. Advocates expressed concern amid news that four members of the new Cannabis Control Commission voted against last November's ...
Massachusetts Municipalities Are Fighting to Ban Legal Cannabis – and Winning MERRY JANE

2017-09-18 13:05 EDT

Massachusetts Man Convicted of Child Rape Charges
U.S. News & World Report
A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting raping a young girl over a period of several years. Sept. 19, 2017, at 7:28 a.m.. Massachusetts Man Convicted of Child Rape Charges ...

2017-09-19 07:28 EDT

Robbery Suspect 'In a Bad Place,' Turns Himself In
U.S. News & World Report
A guilty conscience apparently got the better of a Massachusetts robbery suspect who turned himself in just hours after allegedly stealing $50 from a convenience store. Sept. 19, 2017, at 8:06 a.m.. Robbery Suspect 'In a Bad Place,' Turns Himself In ...

2017-09-19 08:06 EDT

Suspect In 1992 Massachusetts Rape, Murder Cold Case Arrested In Connecticut
Hartford Courant
Connecticut state police took a Massachusetts man into custody Saturday on a fugitive from justice warrant for the 1992 slaying of a woman in Agawam, Mass. Gary Edward Schara, 48, of West Springfield, Mass., was being treated at Johnson Memorial ...
Man Charged in 1992 Murder of Massachusetts Teacher's Aide NBC Connecticut
"We got you": Arrest in 1992 cold case slaying of Mass. teacher's ... CBS News
Man charged in 1992 slaying of Massachusetts teacher's aide Boston Herald

2017-09-18 17:41 EDT

Tropical storm watch posted for southeastern Massachusetts
The Patriot Ledger
The National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm watch for southeastern Massachusetts as Hurricane Jose passes southeast of Nantucket on Tuesday and Wednesday. The storm will have lost much of its strength by the time it reaches New England, ...
Tropical storm watch now a warning for southeastern Massachusetts Wicked Local Wellesley
Weakening Hurricane Jose could graze Massachusetts Wednesday WatertownDailyTimes.com
Tropical storm watch issued for southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod as Jose moves north MassLive.com
WCVB Boston - NH1 News
2017-09-18 07:08 EDT

Massachusetts Man Detained in Colorado, 4 Kids Safe
U.S. News & World Report
Massachusetts Man Detained in Colorado, 4 Kids Safe. A Massachusetts man who authorities accuse of taking his four children from his ex-wife during a custody dispute was detained in Colorado Springs. Sept. 18, 2017, at 8:11 p.m.. Massachusetts Man ...
Park ranger in Colorado Springs apprehends Massachusetts man suspected of taking children from ex-wife Colorado Springs Gazette

2017-09-18 20:17 EDT

Massachusetts Town Debates Keeping Legal Pot Businesses Out
U.S. News & World Report
BOSTON (AP) — Many of the Massachusetts voters who opened the door to legal marijuana are closing the door to pot shops that want to operate in their communities, raising questions about how strong a foothold the cannabis industry can achieve in the ...

2017-09-18 16:23 EDT

Battenfeld: 'Puff bus' eyes route to Massachusetts
Boston Herald
A Colorado company is eyeing Massachusetts to operate “mobile cannabis lounges” where customers hitch a ride on a party bus and smoke or vape weed to their hearts' content as the bus tours local dispensaries, hotels and bars. The “puff bus” is already ...

2017-09-19 05:53 EDT

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