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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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

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

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
Baker files $40.5B budget, 4.3 percent higher than this year Washington Times

2017-01-25 14:57 EST

Strong support for raising taxes on millionaires in Massachusetts, new WBUR poll shows
MassLive.com
In this Jan. 14, 2017, photo, tax professional and tax preparation firm owner Alicia Utley reaches for hard copies of tax forms while working to stay caught up on a Saturday at the start of the tax season rush, in her offices at Infinite Tax Solutions ...
Mass. lawmakers find silver lining in 2016 election outcome The Boston Globe
Elizabeth Warren's Re-Election Campaign Might be in Trouble Heat Street
Elizabeth Warren is now in political trouble in Massachusetts Blasting News
WBUR
2017-01-23 13:11 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

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

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

Three graphics that explain 'sin tax' revenue in Massachusetts - The ...
The Boston Globe
These graphics show how “sin taxes” factor in as a source of state revenue.

2017-02-18 20:09 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

Miller vs. Stephanopoulos: It Is "Widely Known" That Voters Are Bused From Massachusetts to NH
RealClearPolitics
MILLER: I've actually, having worked before on a campaign in New Hampshire, I can tell you that this issue of busing voters in to New Hampshire is widely known by anyone who's worked in New Hampshire politics. It's very real, it's very serious. This ...
Stephen Miller did hit on one truth mixed into his falsehoods on voter fraud Washington Post
Trump adviser doubles down on claims of voter fraud and of 'thousands' of voters bused into New Hampshire ABC News
Top Trump aide says White House has 'enormous evidence' of voter fraud Fox News
MassLive.com - Boston.com - New York Times - Washington Post
2017-02-12 14:04 EST

The MBTA

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Buffeted by snow, MBTA workers found a new way forward - The ...
The Boston Globe
For Michael Haywood, an MBTA machinist who fixes snow-clearing equipment, it was a personal affront when state officials were flummoxed by the big winter of ...

2017-02-17 19:16 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
Hingham ferries not operating due to dock repairs Wicked Local Cohasset
Hingham ferry service suspended until the end of the week The Boston Globe
95.9 WATD-FM (blog)
2017-02-19 19:05 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 - WPRI 12 Eyewitness News - MassLive.com
2017-02-16 10:53 EST

I-Team: Calls For Ethics Investigation Into Secret MBTA Take-Home Perk
CBS Local
BOSTON (CBS) – A government watchdog organization is calling for a State Ethics Commission investigation into a secret MBTA take-home car perk uncovered by the WBZ I-Team. For possibly 30 years, MBTA managers drove take-home vehicles owned by ...

2017-02-17 18:08 EST

CEO/GM sought for MBTA
RailwayAge Magazine
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker made the announcement during an address before the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, he recommended that the MBTA's Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) exercise the two-year extension ...
Gov. Charlie Baker wants to extend MBTA control board Wicked Local Sharon
Massachusetts Gov. Baker launches search for MBTA CEO Progressive Rail Roading

2017-02-17 11:23 EST

Man struck and killed by MBTA train | WJAR
Turn to 10
Officials say an elderly man was struck and killed by an outbound MBTA train in Brockton.The incident happened on Saturday morning just after 7am. According ...
Pedestrian struck, killed by MBTA train in Brockton WHDH-TV
Person killed by MBTA Commuter Rail train at Brockton station My Fox Boston
How did the commuter rail fare through two snowstorms? - The ... The Boston Globe
Enterprise News - WPRI 12 Eyewitness News - NECN
2017-02-18 23:02 EST

MBTA to begin search for new general manager
WCVB Boston
MBTA Chief Administrator and acting General Manager Brian Shortsleeve was appointed in 2015 as the first chief administrator of the MBTA and look on the job of acting General Manager in the summer of 2016 when Frank DePaola retired over health ...

2017-02-15 22:49 EST

The MBTA passes its winter test this morning, but afternoon ...
The Boston Globe
Is today the day the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority proves all its haters wrong?
See inside the MBTA Control Center as Winter Storm Niko bears ... MassLive.com
MBTA touts upgrades but urges patience as storm moves in Boston Herald
State will test ability to prepare MBTA, roads ready for Friday Wicked Local West Roxbury

2017-02-09 16:44 EST

MBTA prepares to ask companies for more late night service ...
The Boston Globe
Late-night bus service could make another comeback, as the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority prepares to solicit proposals from outside ...

2017-02-06 22:01 EST

MBTA to fire 27 workers for attendance policy violations - The ...
The Boston Globe
In a push to reduce absenteeism among its employees, MBTA officials are moving to terminate 27 workers this month for attendance policy violations, more than ...
5 Investigates: A crackdown on excessive absences at the MBTA WCVB Boston

2017-01-27 18:14 EST

Other News

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Cops hunt 2 suspects after couple murdered in Massachusetts home
Fox News
The hunt was on Monday for two suspects after the bodies of a man and a woman turned inside their home in Massachusetts -- reportedly shot and wrapped in rugs and plastic. MAN IN PHOTOGRAPH DESCRIBED AS SUSPECT IN DEATHS OF INDIANA ...
Man, woman found dead inside Massachusetts home WMUR Manchester
Police Investigating Discovery of 2 Bodies in Massachusetts U.S. News & World Report
Two Found Dead in Peabody, Massachusetts House at 'Messy' Murder Scene CDA News
NECN
2017-02-20 08:45 EST

Massachusetts boy hurt after playing in outdoor trash bin
Boston.com
TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) — A 9-year-old Massachusetts boy has been taken to a hospital after getting his head stuck while playing in a large outdoor trash bin. Taunton police said the boy's grandmother found the boy unconscious about 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

2017-02-20 08:56 EST

Massachusetts one of top video game industries in United States
MassLive.com
The U.S. video game industry is growing and Massachusetts is at the top. About 85% of game software publishing industry employees in the U.S. are located in either California, Washington, Texas, New York, Illinois, Florida or Massachusetts, according ...

2017-02-20 10:13 EST

Massachusetts Hotline Tracks Post-Election Hate : NPR
NPR
More than 250 "substantive reports" of harassment and hate incidents have flooded in since November. Although perpetrators are hard to identify, the hotline ...

2017-02-18 06:48 EST

Could Massachusetts run on all renewable energy by 2050?
Wicked Local Medford
Marjorie Decker, D-Cambridge, would require Massachusetts to source all electricity in the state from renewable sources by 2035. The proposal would require heating, transportation and other sectors to be 100 percent powered by renewable sources by 2050 ...

2017-02-20 11:44 EST

NRA Targets Massachusetts Attorney General's Enforcement Notice
WAMC
The National Rifle Association is taking aim at Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey's enforcement notice clarifying what constitutes a "copy" or "duplicate" weapon under the state's assault weapons ban. The NRA is urging its supporters to call ...
NRA urges backers to rally behind bills stripping Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey of authority to ... MassLive.com
Massachusetts: Legislation Introduced To Challenge AG Healey's Gun Ban Daily Caller
Massachusetts AG won't comply with House panel's subpoena New Jersey Herald

2017-02-19 14:39 EST

In Massachusetts, Coastal Residents Consider How To Adapt To ...
NPR
Living by the shore in the age of climate change means managing risk. In the community of Nahant, Mass., residents are trying to decide how to adapt.

2017-02-17 16:51 EST

Pedestrian Struck in Needham, Massachusetts | NBC Boston
NBC Boston
A pedestrian was hit by a car on Sunday night in Needham, Massachusetts.

2017-02-19 21:34 EST

WWII-How The USS Massachusetts Attacked Japan
Scout
USS Massachusetts, third of the class, was commissioned in May 1942, and five months later joined Operation Torch, the U.S. invasion of French North Africa. Although both British and American planners hoped that French resistance to the invasion would ...

2017-02-19 12:07 EST

Duck Boats Face Increasing Calls for Improvements, Bans
U.S. News & World Report
The new Massachusetts law requires duck boat operators to install blind spot cameras and proximity sensors, and to have a second employee on the boat to narrate tours. Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be ...

2017-02-20 10:35 EST

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