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.

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2018-06-24 11:29 EDT

What does the Supreme Court's Wayfair decision on online sales taxes mean for Massachusetts?
MassLive.com
But the practical effect in Massachusetts may be more about providing clarity than gaining any substantial new revenue, since Massachusetts already started collecting taxes from online sales last year -- despite a lawsuit challenging those collections.
Editorial: Here's bottom line for sales tax ruling Boston Herald
Wayfair Ruling Opens Door For Tax Collections On Online Sales WBUR
Supreme Court ruling opens door to online sales taxes The Salem News
WCVB Boston - Boston Business Journal - Supreme Court
2018-06-21 17:07 EDT

Amaad Rivera seizes 'progressive' label as sole challenger to state Sen. Jim Welch
MassLive.com
Rivera has support from New Politics, an organization founded to help new political candidates. Welch has support from former Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman Thomas McGee, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, 1199SEIU and the Professional ...

2018-06-24 08:48 EDT

How will Massachusetts deal with marijuana-impaired driving?
Boston.com
Marijuana may now be legal in Massachusetts, but driving under its influence is still strictly prohibited. Some states that years ago legalized the drug for recreational use, such as Colorado and Washington, have seen increases in auto fatalities ...

2018-06-21 05:00 EDT

Massachusetts cities seek to regulate short-term rentals
STLtoday.com
The latest version of that question is playing out in Massachusetts cities like Boston, Cambridge and Somerville which have struggled to wrap their arms around the challenges of short-term rental companies like Airbnb that allow homeowners to rent out ...

2018-06-23 11:26 EDT

Mass. Voters Like Idea Of Raising Local Taxes To Fund Local Transportation
WBUR
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court struck down the so-called “Fair Share” constitutional amendment this week, which would have created a 4 percent additional tax on incomes over $1 million that would go to transportation and education. Voters may ...

2018-06-22 08:15 EDT

SJC rejects 'millionaires tax' ballot question - The Boston Globe
The Boston Globe
The Supreme Judicial Court on Monday rejected a ballot question that would have raised the state income tax on Massachusetts' highest earners and put that ...
'Nooooooooooo!' and other reactions to the Massachusetts millionaire tax court ruling Boston.com
State's highest court kills 'millionaires' tax' proposal Boston Business Journal
SJC strikes down 'millionaire's tax' ballot question | masslive.com MassLive.com
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2018-06-18 18:52 EDT

Tax debate returns to Legislature after SJC strikes down Massachusetts millionaire's tax
MassLive.com
The Supreme Judicial Court on Monday effectively threw the battle over taxes in Massachusetts back to the state Legislature. The SJC struck from the ballot a proposed constitutional amendment that would have raised taxes on income over $1 million.

2018-06-19 06:10 EDT

Massachusetts' GOP governor avoids liberal backlash to Trump ...
Fox News
Charlie Baker is an anomaly: A Republican governor in a deep blue state, a favorite for re-election in a cycle favoring Democrats and a popular GOP figure in a ...

2018-06-22 08:55 EDT

Massachusetts won't deploy National Guard to border over 'cruel' treatment of children
CNN
(CNN) Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker directed the state National Guard not to send any assets or personnel to the US-Mexico border because of the Trump administration's "inhumane treatment" of children, communications director Lizzy Guyton said in a ...
Massachusetts governor: National Guard won't go to border Sacramento Bee
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Baker Cancels National Guard Deployment To Border, Citing 'Inhumane' Treatment Of Children And Families wgbh.org
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2018-06-18 15:51 EDT

WBUR Poll: Most Mass. Voters Would Pay Higher Taxes To Support Local Schools
WBUR
Though Massachusetts public schools regularly rank as top in the nation, a clear majority of the state's voters believe they need improvement, according to a new WBUR poll (topline results, crosstabs) out Wednesday. And the survey, conducted in late ...

2018-06-20 05:19 EDT

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2018-06-24 11:29 EDT

The MBTA isn't making any friends with parking fee hikes
The Boston Globe
Last week, the MBTA announced a parking fee increase at Wonderland from $5 per day, to $7. It's part of a plan to change pricing at dozens of stations to coax commuters away from the ones in high demand, and toward those with empty spaces every day.

2018-06-23 15:55 EDT

Cohasset MBTA parking fees to decrease under policy change
Wicked Local Cohasset
Cohasset will join 20 other MBTA stations that are slated to decrease their prices, dropping from $4 to $2 on weekdays. Prices at the Greenbush, Nantasket Junction, South Weymouth, and Hingham Shipyard lots will also decrease from $4 to $2 on weekdays.

2018-06-23 10:27 EDT

Here are all the stations where the MBTA is raising or lowering parking rates
The Boston Globe
Parking rates are going up at some MBTA lots and down at others. They'll stay stable elsewhere. Is your commute about to get more expensive? Check below for a full list of the changes. Station, Current Price, Mon - Fri, Sat - Sun. Abington, $4.00, $4 ...
MBTA Raising Prices At Some Garages, Dropping Fees At Underused Lots WBUR
MBTA Hikes Parking Prices At Many Stations; Some Garages To Charge $10 Per Day CBS Boston
Here are the new parking fees at the MBTA's lots and garages Boston.com
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2018-06-19 08:26 EDT

Westborough and Southborough commuters to pay 50 percent more to park at MBTA lots
Community Advocate
Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) has announced that parking fees will go up at a number of commuter rail lots, including Southborough and Westborough. Starting Wednesday, Aug. 1, those fees will increase by 50 percent each weekday, from the current $4 to ...

2018-06-23 17:19 EDT

MBTA to try surge pricing for parking
CommonWealth magazine
Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, MBTA General Manager Luis Ramirez, and control board chairman Joe Aiello all urged the board to go with a less aggressive policy that would have hiked parking rates by a total of $2 million less. But the ...
MBTA to raise weekday parking rates The Patriot Ledger
Parking prices will go up at 32 T stations, to as high as $10 a day — but drop at others The Boston Globe

2018-06-18 17:58 EDT

MBTA repairman charged with stealing $80000 in cash from agency's fare box system
The Boston Globe
An MBTA repairman accused of stealing more than $80,000 from bus fare collection boxes he was responsible for fixing in South Boston was arraigned Wednesday in Roxbury Municipal Court on larceny charges, authorities said. Stephen P. Fagerberg, 55, ...
MBTA Employee Arrested for Stealing $80K From Bus Fare Collection Boxes NECN
MBTA Worker Accused Of Stealing Over $80000 From Fare Collection Boxes CBS Boston
MBTA employee Stephen Fagerberg arrested for allegedly stealing more than $80000 from fare boxes MassLive.com
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2018-06-20 14:28 EDT

MBTA Rolls Out New Payment System for Green Line Train, Buses
NECN
Commuters are on a path to easier payments for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority with its new system named AFC 2.0. The newly-developed payment system will allow passengers to tap and board buses and Green Line trains at any door with ...

2018-06-22 05:40 EDT

UPDATED: MBTA Weekend Work June 30 to July 8, Buses Replacing T From Forest Hills to Jackson Square
Jamaica Plain News
At least it's not on the weekdays. Buses will be replacing MBTA train service from Forest Hills to Jackson Square on the weekends of June 30 and July 7. File photo: An inbound Orange Line train between Green and Stony Brook. April 2014. Chris Helms.

2018-06-21 13:01 EDT

Suicide Prevention Signs Posted at MBTA Stations
NECN
Commuters will soon be seeing signs posted at various Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority stations encouraging people to call for help if they may be contemplating suicide. The signs come from the MBTA's new partnership with Samaritans Inc., ...

2018-06-21 16:28 EDT

MBTA study pegs cost of North-South link at $12 billion to $21 billion
WCVB Boston
The cheapest version of a rail link between North and South station would run about $12.3 billion, and a more extensive version could cost about $21.5 billion, according to a draft study by the MBTA. The T's analysis, pursued with the consultant Arup ...
Straus: Rail Link Info Shows Project 'Expensive and Unnecessary' Banker & Tradesman

2018-06-19 05:46 EDT

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2018-06-24 11:29 EDT

Massachusetts governor's son accused of groping woman on flight
New York Post
The adult son of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has been accused of assaulting a woman on a flight from Washington to Boston. “On June 20, the crew of flight 1354 were notified of an incident between customers shortly before landing in Boston ...
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2018-06-23 15:48 EDT

Massachusetts cities seek to regulate short-term rentals
Boston.com
BOSTON (AP) — It's a daunting challenge for cities: What happens when too many people fall in love with you and want to move in — even just for a night or two? The latest version of that question is playing out in Massachusetts cities like Boston ...

2018-06-24 07:47 EDT

Two Men Returned to Massachusetts on Murder Charges
NBC10 Boston
MIAMI - FEBRUARY 02: A judges gavel rests on top of a desk in the courtroom of the newly opened Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum February 3, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The museum is located in the only known structure in the nation that was ...

2018-06-24 10:03 EDT

Massachusetts steps up efforts to eradicate giant toxic weed
San Francisco Chronicle
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is stepping up efforts to eradicate a giant invasive plant that emits a toxic sap that can cause painful, burning blisters on human skin. The state Department of Agricultural Resources has released an updated list of ...

2018-06-24 09:32 EDT

Marijuana in Massachusetts
Worcester Telegram
Marijuana in Massachusetts. Susan Spencer Telegram & Gazette Staff @SusanSpencerTG. Saturday. Jun 23, 2018 at 8:59 PM Jun 23, 2018 at 9:34 PM. November 2008. Voters pass a ballot question decriminalizing possession of marijuana. November 2012.

2018-06-23 21:34 EDT

Massachusetts Welcomes Self-Driving Cars—With a Couple Caveats
WIRED
So it feels significant that today, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and 14 towns and cities in the Greater Boston area signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will open up their roads to autonomous vehicle testing. Indeed, this is one ...
Self-Driving Cars To Be Tested In 15 Massachusetts Communities CBS Boston

2018-06-22 14:09 EDT

Hunt for 1980s Massachusetts 'Highway Serial Killer' led to dead end
New York Daily News
On July 3, 1988, a woman stopped to relieve herself along the side of a Massachusetts highway and opened the first page of a mystery. In the brush along the road, she spotted what looked like human skeletal remains with a bra wrapped around the neck.

2018-06-24 02:04 EDT

$1 Million Earmarked To Bring More Doctors To Western Massachusetts
WAMC
A $1 million earmark in the state budget is helping create a pipeline to bring more doctors to western Massachusetts. Twenty-one students just completed their first year in a new program at the Umass Medical School- Baystate Health Springfield campus.

2018-06-24 07:13 EDT

Alleged MS-13 members indicted in Massachusetts - WCVB-TV
WCVB Boston
Prosecutors say three Salvadoran men who are alleged members of the MS-13 gang have been indicted in Massachusetts on federal racketeering charges.
Suspected MS-13 members indicted in Massachusetts Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News
Alleged MS-13 Members Indicted U.S. News & World Report

2018-06-23 17:48 EDT

US Supreme Court cellpone case follows Massachusetts ruling on protections
The Sun Chronicle
“This historic decision also shows that, once again, Massachusetts leads the way on privacy. Four years ago, in another ACLU case, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court expanded privacy rights under the Massachusetts state constitution. We are ...
Carpenter v. United States - Supreme Court Supreme Court

2018-06-22 23:30 EDT

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