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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One state just decided to tax each ride from Uber, Lyft, and other ride-hailing services
Business Insider
Massachusetts passed legislation that levies a 20 cent tax on each ride obtained from a ride-hailing service, according to VentureBeat. The new tax was signed into law as part of new regulations for the ride-hailing industry. Of the 20 cent tax per ...
Don't Believe Uber -- Massachusetts' New Ridesharing Tax Is Terrible Forbes
Massachusetts becomes the first state to tax Uber and Lyft The Verge
New Massachusetts Tax Takes Money From Uber To Fund Failing Taxi Companies Daily Caller
Reason (blog) - New York Times - Reuters - Bloomberg
2016-08-23 11:46 EDT

Massachusetts casino generates $88M in taxes in 1st year
Boston.com
PLAINVILLE, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts' only casino collected nearly $180 million in gambling revenues in its first year of operation. The profits mean that Plainridge Park will have generated over $88 million for the state in terms of taxes and other ...

2016-08-15 13:13 EDT

Massachusetts' Attack on Independent Voters
RealClearPolitics
“Those who have been bred in the school of politics fail now and always to face the facts.” ― Henry David ... It was disappointing to read that Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin is spending public money urging voters to leave ...

2016-08-24 22:57 EDT

A Step Toward Equal Pay for Men and Women
The Atlantic
In Massachusetts, that kind of scenario could soon be a thing of the past. A new bill signed this week by Republican Governor Charlie Baker promotes equal pay for men and women doing substantially similar work. To promote fair pay, the law prevents ...
Charlie Baker signs law requiring equal pay for comparable work Boston.com
Massachusetts to bar employers from asking potential hires about salary Fox News
Massachusetts Just Took a Big Step Toward Closing the Wage Gap Mother Jones
MassLive.com - General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Mass.Gov - New York Times
2016-08-03 07:05 EDT

Bernie Sanders's new political organization backs 4 Massachusetts candidates
Boston.com
Our Revolution, a post-presidential campaign political organization spearheaded by Bernie Sanders and his supporters, has endorsed four Democratic candidates in local Massachusetts House and Senate races. According to the group's website, Our ...
Bernie Sanders' new group is already in turmoil Politico
Politics|Bernie Sanders's New Political Group Is Met by Staff Revolt New York Times
Bernie Sanders' New Political Group Raises Campaign Finance Questions ABC News
YouTube - USA TODAY
2016-08-25 19:10 EDT

Politics overshadow solar's potential in Maine
Press Herald
On a former landfill in Springfield, Massachusetts, 12,980 solar panels produce enough electricity to serve 850 homes. The Cottage Street project is one of three solar arrays in western Massachusetts that provide power to customers of the regional ...

2016-08-28 04:04 EDT

Prayer or politics? Evangelist rallies Christians in Boston - US News
U.S. News & World Report
BOSTON (AP) — The son of famed evangelist Billy Graham is holding a mass prayer rally in Boston as part of a 50-state tour to urge evangelicals to vote.
Prayer or politics? Evangelist rallies Christians in Boston WTOP

2016-08-30 14:14 EDT

A nickel for your thoughts on how to make taxis better
The Boston Globe
That's the kind of experiment Massachusetts is embarking upon, with a new fee on so-called transportation network companies, or TNCs, such as Uber, Lyft, and Fasten. When Governor Charlie Baker signed a law earlier this month regulating TNCs, ...

2016-08-19 05:34 EDT

POLITICS: Burm to work for veterans, seniors
Wicked Local Scituate
I am immensely proud that Massachusetts ranks first in the nation when it comes to military benefit programs and services. Our Veteran Service Officers do a tremendous job and we need to ensure that they have all the tools they need. From the Welcome ...

2016-08-29 10:27 EDT

The Trump yard sign-stealing epidemic has gotten seriously out-of-hand in Massachusetts
Boston.com
In Democrat-heavy Massachusetts, being a Donald Trump supporter is not easy. And as some are finding out, expressing their support for the Republican presidential nominee can be even harder. As a number of Bay State residents have learned, others do ...

2016-08-18 19:42 EDT

The MBTA

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The MBTA will save $650,000 the next 2 years by turning off some ...
Boston.com
MBTA officials have cut the lines for more than 550 unused but still active cell phones and other mobile devices in their ongoing quest to trim costs.

2016-08-31 12:05 EDT

MBTA janitors hold protests on imminent layoffs, hour loss
BayStateBanner
A few dozen janitors in purple SEIU T-shirts and several in full-body cockroach costumes gathered on the lawn by the Brewer's Fountain Plaza where they performed a parody of “Charlie on the MBTA,” with string trio accompaniment. The lyrics criticize ...

2016-08-31 10:52 EDT

Gov. Baker says change slowly coming to MBTA
The Sun Chronicle
Baker says change slowly coming to MBTA - The Sun Chronicle : Local News · Home · Attleboro · Foxboro · Mansfield · Norfolk · North Attleboro · Norton · Plainville · Rehoboth · Seekonk · Wrentham · VIP · Stories · Go Entertainment · Opinion · Columns ...

2016-08-30 15:08 EDT

MBTA's expanded student program launches Thursday
The Boston Globe
The MBTA offers two ways for students to take advantage of the reduced fares — a Student CharlieCard, which allows students to pay half-price per trip, or a monthly Student Pass, which students can buy for $30. A monthly pass typically costs $84.50.
MBTA year-round pass program for students begins September 1 Boston.com
Year-round Student Pass Program about to begin Sampan

2016-08-30 11:22 EDT

Wake from MBTA ferry capsizes boat near Weymouth
My Fox Boston
BOSTON - A local father and son say they were left stranded after the wake from a large MBTA ferry capsized their boat. The family contacted FOX25 to share their story Sunday night and Boston Harbor Cruises -- the company that operates the ferry -- is ...

2016-08-29 23:47 EDT

Green Transportation Solution Discussed For MBTA Commute Rail
Patch.com
It also assessed Eversource's “Preferred Route”, which if approved, would use a highly-valued portion of the rail-banked MBTA Massachusetts Central Rail ROW and likely preempt future use as a transportation corridor, mid-term and long-term. “The ...

2016-08-31 14:30 EDT

MBTA Offering Special Train Service To Bruce Springsteen At ...
100.7 WZLX Classic Rock
The MBTA wants you to take the train to see The Boss in September.

2016-08-30 19:17 EDT

MBTA expands half-price fares for students
Wicked Local Cambridge
Under an expansion of the student pass program approved by the MBTA, students using CharlieCards will pay half-price per trip on all modes of transit and may obtain a monthly bus and subway pass for $30, even if their schools do not purchase a pass for ...

2016-08-30 11:08 EDT

Bicyclist struck, killed by MBTA commuter rail train in Somerville
WCVB Boston
MBTA Transit Police said the bicyclist went through the fully functioning gates, which were in the down position for an approaching Fitchburg Line commuter rail train. Police say the bicyclist, a man between 25 and 30 years of age, continued across the ...
Bicyclist dies after he is struck by MBTA commuter train in Somerville MassLive.com
Bicyclist struck, killed by commuter rail train in Somerville Boston.com
Bicyclist killed by commuter train identified as Cambridge resident The Boston Globe
Boston magazine (blog)
2016-08-28 15:31 EDT

No Acela to NYC? Amtrak suggests MBTA dispute threatens Boston ...
Boston Business Journal
The MBTA's legal battle with Amtrak is getting so ugly that it could potentially put your ability to grab an Acela train from Boston to New York or Washington, D.C., ...
MBTA South Coast Rail Public Meeting Schedule MassTransitMag.com (press release) (registration) (blog)

2016-08-24 14:57 EDT

Other News

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What if Massachusetts ditched Eastern Standard Time? - The ...
Washington Post
The state legislature is researching whether to adopt a new time zone for extra evening daylight.
Boston Time Zone Change: Massachusetts May Abandon Daylight ... International Business Times
Should Massachusetts drop Daylight Saving Time? | WWLP.com wwlp.com
Massachusetts Could Swap Time Zones for Later Winter Sunsets Bloomberg
Builder Magazine
2016-08-31 12:21 EDT

With cannabis pharma on horizon, this Massachusetts city looks to future
The Cannabist
Massachusetts marijuana: In Fall River, ground has been broken for a multi-million dollar pharmaceutical facility dedicated to growing and processing marijuana for medicine. Pictured: An agricultural engineer inspects marijuana plants at the BOL ...

2016-08-31 12:04 EDT

Father and son witness great white shark in Massachusetts
UPI.com
A father and son in Massachusetts encountered an approximately 20-foot long great white shark while boating on a local beach. The shark circled the boat for about 15 minutes as they wondered whether they would become its dinner. Screen capture/James ...

2016-08-31 13:05 EDT

Wives of state troopers tying blue ribbons across Massachusetts ...
WCVB Boston
From Provincetown to West Stockbridge, Massachusetts is about to get a lot more blue.

2016-08-30 15:45 EDT

How Police in Massachusetts Can Arrest the Drug Epidemic
U.S. News & World Report
On May 4, 2015, Gloucester, Massachusetts Police Chief Leonard Campanello wrote on the department's Facebook page that, in the wake of their "opiate crisis," the police were "poised to make revolutionary changes in the way we treat this DISEASE.

2016-08-31 07:00 EDT

Massachusetts Man Wanted to Attack Mosque and Kill Obama, FBI Says
ABC News
A Massachusetts man, already under FBI investigation, was arrested over the weekend and charged with weapons possession after allegedly telling a childhood friend that he wanted to attack a mosque or kill President Obama, or do both, according to the ...
Massachusetts Man Accused of Stockpiling Weapons to Kill Police, Muslims, and President Obama TIME
Massachusetts man stockpiled weapons, wanted to carry out attack ... New York Daily News
Massachusetts man stockpiled arms, mulled attack Bangor Daily News
Patheos (blog) - cleveland.com - US Department of Justice - The Boston Globe
2016-08-30 13:36 EDT

Massachusetts prosecutor to give guidance on transgender law
Boston.com
BOSTON (AP) — Guidance from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on the state's new transgender rights law will include potential scenarios in which a person could face arrest for making an improper claim of gender identity. The law signed by ...
Massachusetts AG to file guidance on new transgender law WRGB

2016-08-31 14:17 EDT

Western Massachusetts in the “Cone of Uncertainty”
wwlp.com
If this storm were to shift west towards Massachusetts we could possibly be looking at some rainfall and wind early Monday morning during Labor Day weekend. The National Hurricane Center puts out a forecast intensity key where a tropical depression is ...

2016-08-31 17:01 EDT

Maine's governor blames opioid crisis on Massachusetts dealers
wwlp.com
CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Maine Governor Paul LePage is once again at the center of controversy, this time in Massachusetts. Maine Governor Paul LePage reportedly blamed his state's opioid crisis on drug dealers coming up from Lowell and Lawrence, ...
Together in Boston, Charlie Baker and Paul LePage are worlds apart The Boston Globe
New England governors respond to Gov. LePage's comments WGME
'Time to move on'? Gov. LePage sends mixed signals on his future - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram Portland Press Herald
Portland Press Herald
2016-08-30 19:02 EDT

Massachusetts has paid $8.34 million under wrongful conviction compensation law
MassLive.com
Massachusetts has paid out $8.34 million to people wrongfully convicted of felonies under a 2004 law that allows up to $500,000 in compensation for people imprisoned on false charges. The law was passed as the increased prevalence of DNA testing ...

2016-08-31 06:45 EDT

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