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

…Our Top Story Today


Massachusetts Tries Gun Control The Old-Fashioned Way: Higher Taxes
Daily Caller
A gun bill in Massachusetts is looking to expand gun restrictions in the state through additional taxes on lawful gun owners. The legislation, sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Cynthia Creem, is one of many she said she has filed every state senate ...
Sen. Cynthia Creem wants to increase taxes on guns and place revenue in an anti-violence trust MassLive.com

2017-02-20 21:28 EST

Speaker Robert DeLeo still undecided on new Massachusetts taxes for FY18
MassLive.com
BOSTON -- House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, is not ruling out the imposition of new taxes in next year's budget. "I think that all of us, including the (Ways and Means) committee, wants to get a better sense of where we are fiscally," DeLeo said, ...

2017-02-13 16:29 EST

Massachusetts Governor Hiking Taxes To Rescue Failed Health Reform
Forbes
Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts has proposed a tax of $2,000 per worker on businesses which do not offer health coverage to employees who become dependent on Medicaid. This makes him the second Republican governor of Massachusetts to ...
Charlie Baker capped off his State of the Commonwealth speech by calling for genuine political dialogue Boston.com
Baker delivers address to Massachusetts residents, says he wants to aid struggling schools Turn to 10
Gov. Charlie Baker talks education, mental health hospital reforms and veterans' tax credits in State of the State ... MassLive.com
Washington Times
2017-01-25 14:57 EST

Lawmakers use threat of Trump to pitch carbon taxes
E&E News
Massachusetts lawmakers are trying to push forward climate measures, but advocates say not enough attention is being paid to the state's transportation sector, responsible for 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Photo courtesy of the city of Boston.

2017-02-22 09:38 EST

Here's where Massachusetts's top elected officials stand on the push ...
Boston.com
Elected officials across Massachusetts have been outspoken in their support for the state's handful of "sanctuary cities.

2017-02-17 05:01 EST

As Warren eyes White House run, Senate race could pose hurdle ...
Fox News
Liberal icon Elizabeth Warren's Trump trolling is what one might expect from a presidential aspirant. But Warren, whom very-early polls place in the top tier of ...

2017-02-06 10:16 EST

Maura Healey Interview - Massachusetts State Attorney General ...
Esquire.com
A conversation with Maura Healey, one of many state AGs stepping up to the plate.

2017-02-21 13:00 EST

After Trump's win, Mass. women are flocking to politics
The Boston Globe
The candidate training program Beyer is now attending, Emerge Massachusetts, saw a surge of applications in the days following the election, and doubled in size to accommodate twice the usual number of women — 48 — this year. And that was just in ...

2017-02-15 11:30 EST

Where you'll pay the highest taxes and the lowest in the suburbs
The Boston Globe
In Holbrook, homeowners are footing the bill for a new prekindergarten through Grade 12 school. The town will receive up to $55.7 million from the Massachusetts School Building Authority for the project, but residents are shouldering the balance ...

2017-02-03 12:23 EST

Richard C. Lord: Associated Industries eyes health care reform, trade, lower taxes
MassLive.com
As President Donald J. Trump makes good on promise to shake Washington to its core, it's clear that the next four years will bring change to a thriving Massachusetts economy that sometimes seems worlds away from the middle-class disaffection that led ...

2017-02-17 07:04 EST

The MBTA

…Our Top Story Today


MBTA service improves after Baker's reforms
The Salem News
LYNN — Ann DeFrancisco shuddered in the morning cold Tuesday morning as she waited on the platform at the MBTA's commuter rail station in Lynn to catch the train to North Station. She checked the MBTA's app on her smartphone, which showed the train ...

2017-02-22 17:44 EST

MBTA police looking for suspect who allegedly made sexual ...
The Boston Globe
MBTA Transit Police are looking to identify a man who allegedly made vulgar sexual comments to a 9-year-old girl on the Orange Line Tuesday afternoon and ...
MBTA police: Help find this creep | Boston Herald Boston Herald
MBTA police seek man accused accosting family, making sexual comments to young girl WHDH-TV
Man Who Accosted Family, Made Sexual Comments to 9-Year-Old on MBTA's Orange Line Arrested NECN
NBC Boston - My Fox Boston - CBS Local
2017-02-22 11:00 EST

Ex-MBTA pension chief earned $2.2 million since 2009 - The Boston ...
The Boston Globe
Michael Mulhern took home $2.2 million in compensation as chief of the MBTA Retirement Fund in the eight years after the financial crisis, including $216,329 in ...

2017-02-21 05:27 EST

MBTA control board is on track
CommonWealth magazine
REMARKABLE PROGRESS HAS been made since a Fiscal and Management Control Board was installed during the summer of 2015 and given powers not previously available to MBTA management. Yet those accomplishments are just a down payment on ...

2017-02-22 16:03 EST

MBTA Names Design-Build Firms Interested In Green Line Extension Project
MassTransitMag.com (press release) (registration) (blog)
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has announced that an important step has been achieved for the Green Line Extension Project. The evaluation of the Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) for the project has been completed and three ...
Three Design-Build Firms on Short List for Green Line Extension ... Patch.com

2017-02-22 04:52 EST

MBTA announces 3 potential firms for Green Line Extension Project
MassLive.com
The MBTA announced on a shortlist of companies who will enter a "design-build contract" and create the long-anticipated Green Line Extension Project. In a statement on Tuesday, Program Manager John Dalton said the three proposing firms are reputable ...

2017-02-22 07:47 EST

Buffeted by snow, MBTA workers found a new way forward
The Boston Globe
Two years later, the MBTA has hired a company to build eight machines based on Haywood's prototype, a small fleet than can clear miles of track far faster — and more cheaply — than before. In just a couple of hours, the rolling snow blowers can clear ...

2017-02-18 15:19 EST

MBTA launches search for a new general manager
The Boston Globe
The MBTA is currently led by chief administrator Brian Shortsleeve, who since July has also served as acting general manager. But Shortsleeve and the agency's chief operating officer, Jeffrey Gonneville, are not interested in becoming general manager ...
The MBTA Needs a New General Manager Boston magazine (blog)
Baker wants MBTA Control Board extended Lowell Sun
MBTA general manager Brian Shortsleeve to step down from role Boston Business Journal
Boston Herald - Railway Track & Structures - MassLive.com
2017-02-16 10:53 EST

Quincy Man Charged With Indecent Assault At MBTA Station
Patch.com
BRAINTREE, MA — A Quincy man faces charges after allegedly indecently assaulting a woman at the Braintree MBTA station, police said. Marc Dicarli, 40, was arrested Saturday night and charged with indecent assault and battery and assault and battery, ...
Man accused of assaulting woman twice at MBTA station My Fox Boston
Braintree: Quincy Man Arrested for Allegedly Attacking Woman at MBTA Station 95.9 WATD-FM (blog)

2017-02-21 01:01 EST

MBTA's Hingham ferry service will not operate this week
WCVB Boston
The MBTA said that customers should consider using the Greenbush commuter rail line as an alternative. A shuttle between the Hingham ferry terminal and the West Hingham commuter rail stop will also be offered starting Tuesday morning. Other options ...
MBTA Hingham Ferry Services Suspended Ahead of Dock Repairs NBC Boston
MBTA suspends ferry service from Hingham terminal for a week Enterprise News
Four of 10 commuter boat float sections sink in Hingham Shipyard Wicked Local Hingham
The Boston Globe - Wicked Local Scituate
2017-02-19 19:05 EST

Other News

…Our Top Story Today


Tipped workers seek to raise base wages to Massachusetts state minimum
BayStateBanner
Members of the Restaurant Opportunities Center Boston and Raise Up Massachusetts rallied on the State House steps. Tipped workers in Massachusetts earn a minimum of $3.75 per hour plus any tips, with employers expected ensure they take home at ...

2017-02-22 11:00 EST

End to Police 'High Five Fridays' at Schools Roils a Massachusetts Town
New York Times
The Northampton Police Department. A trust-building program called High Five Fridays, intended to show children that police officers were not scary, has ended. Credit WWLP-22News, via YouTube. For a brief period that began in December, students in ...
Massachusetts police halt 'High Five Friday' after concerns from parents Fox News
Police end High Five Fridays at Massachusetts schools after complaints ABC News
Massachusetts police end visits to schools to greet kids The Seattle Times
WCSH6.com - Facebook
2017-02-21 19:12 EST

Lawmakers in California and Massachusetts Introduce Bills for 100% Renewable Energy
Greentech Media
Three Massachusetts legislators have filed a bill that would require that all electricity used in the state be generated from renewable sources such as solar and wind by 2035, and fossil fuels be eliminated as power sources for heat, transportation ...
Bill Text - SB-584 California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program. California Legislative Information - State of California

2017-02-22 05:24 EST

Almost 2,000 opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts show fentanyl ...
ABC News
The increasing number of opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts show the state is one of the hardest hit in the nation by the growth of the highly-potent opioid ...

2017-02-21 13:28 EST

Sanctuary cities in Massachusetts grow in number with Newton vote
Curbed Boston
Newton joins Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Lawrence as sanctuary cities in Massachusetts. The cities cover roughly 15 percent of the state's population. Acton and Salem are considering similar measures. The Newton move—technically, councilors ...

2017-02-22 07:24 EST

Massachusetts AG Blasts 'Reckless Mass Deportation Scheme'
U.S. News & World Report
Massachusetts AG Blasts 'Reckless Mass Deportation Scheme'. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is blasting what she called President Donald Trump's "reckless mass deportation scheme.". Feb. 22, 2017, at 4:25 p.m.. MORE.
Massachusetts' Attorney General Thinks Trump's Travel Ban Was Just The Beginning Bustle

2017-02-22 16:35 EST

Twenty-Table Poker Room Could Open Up Earlier Than Expected In Massachusetts
CardPlayer.com
The $950 MGM Springfield casino is now at its half-way point, and the property could end up taking bets sooner than the scheduled September 2018 opening. According to a report from Masslive.com, the city of Springfield thinks the casino could be open ...

2017-02-22 13:59 EST

One suspect arrested, one at large in basement murders of Massachusetts couple
Fox News
One of two wanted suspects in the gruesome murders of a couple in Massachusetts was under arrest Monday afternoon, police said, adding that a second suspect was still on the loose. MAN IN PHOTOGRAPH DESCRIBED AS SUSPECT IN DEATHS OF ...
Police investigating discovery of 2 bodies in Massachusetts wwlp.com
Murder investigation underway after discovery of bodies in ... - WGME WGME
Murder Investigation Underway After Bodies Found In Peabody Home CBS Local

2017-02-20 16:45 EST

California crisis brings attention to Massachusetts dams
Wicked Local Billerica
While a breach in an emergency spillway on the nation's largest dam has prompted more than 100,000 northern California residents to flee their homes, Massachusetts officials say they have been taking major steps over the past decade to reduce the risk ...

2017-02-21 13:46 EST

Massachusetts Lawmakers Will Rewrite Recreational Marijuana Law
MERRY JANE
Two Massachusetts legislators have been appointed to rewrite the state's newly approved recreational marijuana law. Because the state's Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act is an initiated state statute, and not an amendment to the state ...

2017-02-22 14:56 EST

Featured Photograph

Mitt Romney pumping his own gas

Oh, how the mighty have fallen…

About

We escaped from Massachusetts. You can, too.

Disclaimer: Some parts of this site are news. Other parts are satire. Don’t take anything you read seriously—here or anywhere else. Trust no one. Giant bats from outer space took down WTC 7. Never forget: The goats-in-black are watching you.