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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NJ taxes bad for business — and not just because they're expensive, report says
New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio
He pointed out in Massachusetts taxes are still high, but the tax system has been streamlined and simplified. “And that is helping to attract more businesses to relocate there.” The report finds other states besides New Jersey with complex, confusing ...

2017-10-18 16:54 EDT

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker supports Alexander-Murray health care bill
MassLive.com
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, on Wednesday joined a bipartisan group of 10 governors in support of a bipartisan health care bill. The governors wrote to House and Senate leaders urging the U.S. Congress to vote on a bill negotiated by ...
Susan Collins: Trump should back effort to resume health subsidy Boston.com

2017-10-18 22:18 EDT

Massachusetts state senators unwrap sweeping health care reform package
Boston.com
BOSTON (AP) — A wide-ranging proposal unveiled by Massachusetts Senate leaders Tuesday to revamp the state's health care system establishes the now-familiar goals of lowering costs and providing residents with access to first-rate care regardless of ...

2017-10-17 19:21 EDT

Massachusetts' regional school districts face $17 million state funding shortfall
MassLive.com
As a result of the underfunding, regional school districts have asked taxpayers to override a law that limits how much property taxes can be raised more often than regular districts. But regional school districts face additional trouble passing ...

2017-10-18 06:12 EDT

MCAS 2017: Takeaways from test results for Massachusetts schools
MassLive.com
MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) scores were released Wednesday for all schools and districts in the state. Test scores show that some of the districts in Western Massachusetts that were already struggling and where efforts are in ...

2017-10-18 05:06 EDT

Report: Top US companies, including several based in Massachusetts, keeping $2.6 trillion in offshore tax havens
MassLive.com
A territorial tax system, in which U.S. companies would pay taxes only on U.S. earnings, "essentially codifies the practice of allowing companies to book their profits overseas in lower tax havens," said Deirdre Cummings, legislative director of ...

2017-10-17 06:12 EDT

Republican Senate challengers in Massachusetts report strong ...
MassLive.com
Despite U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren pulling in a reported $1 million per month for her re-election bid, Republican candidates vying to unseat her in 2018 have ...

2017-10-18 13:24 EDT

Cedrone: Addressing seniors' needs
Wicked Local Newton
Additionally, I am a realtor and have a Massachusetts Construction Supervisor's license. A vote for Franco Cedrone for Councilor in Ward 1 will send to the Council a man with the unique ability ... As a councilor, I am committed to developing ways that ...

2017-10-18 15:52 EDT

How Massachusetts is leading the climate resistance
Oxfam America (press release) (blog)
Earlier this year, State Senator Michael J. Barret introduced Senate Bill 2056 (S.2056), a bill that would create a voluntary check-off option for Massachusetts residents to contribute a portion of their tax return to the United Nation's Least ...

2017-10-10 11:02 EDT

Here are the states most affected by Trump's health care executive order
Boston.com
Of the 10 states with the highest percentage of consumers benefiting from cost-sharing, all but one — Massachusetts — went for Trump. Kentucky embraced former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act under its last governor, a Democrat, and ...
White House's decision to stop ACA cost-sharing subsidies triggers strong opposition Washington Post
Presidential Executive Order Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States The White House

2017-10-15 12:44 EDT

The MBTA

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MBTA to fix Annisquam bridge
Eagle-Tribune
J.F. White Contracting Company will take down and replace the old drawbridge, named the most dangerous throughout the MBTA system in a 2010 safety study under a contract approved by the MBTA's fiscal Management Control Board. The project has been ...

2017-10-18 06:04 EDT

MBTA launches new commuter boat to serve South Shore
The Patriot Ledger
The MBTA has added a new 150-passenger catamaran, the Champion, to its commuter boat service between Hull and Hingham and Boston. The ferry has flat-screen passenger information systems, wheelchair positions, a concession stand and luggage ...

2017-10-17 17:04 EDT

Cell service on the MBTA restored after outage Tuesday morning
The Boston Globe
Cell service was unavailable on the T after an InSite Wireless Group transfer switch failed, leaving passengers across the MBTA's subways and tunnels without service for much of the Tuesday morning commute. Service went down around 6:30 a.m., the ...

2017-10-17 12:15 EDT

With factory tour, Baker points to progress at MBTA
The Boston Globe
It was a big week for Red and Orange Line passengers who are anxiously awaiting new cars. On Tuesday, the T shared video of new Orange Line cars running along track in China. Also this week, the company building those trains — the Chinese ...

2017-10-14 14:40 EDT

MBTA union says bus outsourcing plan has 'failed'
The Boston Globe
The MBTA would not confirm or deny the union's contention. General manager Luis Ramirez said at a T board meeting Monday that he would not comment on specifics of the bidding process, “to ensure the integrity of this process.” The bid deadline was in ...

2017-10-16 20:40 EDT

MBTA to convene task force after surge of deaths on rail tracks
The Boston Globe
Though MBTA officials would not say what the cause of each of the recent accidents was, the agency in the past has said most train deaths were suicides. The recent increase comes despite years of efforts by the federal government to curtail railway ...

2017-10-12 20:04 EDT

T union claims MBTA has received only one bid for bus maintenance
Boston Herald
The union representing the MBTA's bus mechanics is claiming the transit agency has received just one bid in its pursuit to outsource some of its bus maintenance operations -- a sign, it claims, that efforts to privatize the work have "failed." T ...

2017-10-16 14:51 EDT

MBTA to study spike in track deaths
MassLive.com
BOSTON - An alarming increase in the number of people dying on MBTA rail tracks will be studied by a newly created committee, The Brockton Enterprise reported. The MBTA's Rail Safety Committee will try to answer why there has been a more than 150 ...
State to study spike in MBTA commuter rail fatalities Enterprise News
MBTA had most commuter train breakdowns in US last year wwlp.com
MBTA commuter rail gets unwanted distinction of having the nation's most breakdowns in 2016 Boston.com
WCVB Boston
2017-10-13 21:11 EDT

This drawing makes riding the T look way more exciting than it actually is
The Boston Globe
The drawing is dramatic, to say the least, and probably diverges from what the average riders might think when they hear the words “MBTA commute.” The artwork shows a woman striking a commanding pose, her hand extended and pointing forward toward ...

2017-10-12 13:35 EDT

MBTA set to start live-streaming oversight panel's meetings on Oct. 23
MassLive.com
Gov. Charlie Baker announced leadership changes at the MBTA earlier this year. Standing behind him are outgoing interim MBTA general manager Brian Shortsleeve, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, interim general ...

2017-10-16 17:21 EDT

Other News

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Massachusetts teacher resigns after allegations of sexual relationship with student surface
MassLive.com
A Massachusetts teacher has resigned after allegations surfaced about an inappropriate relationship between the teacher and a former student that began when the student was still in high school. Stoughton Public Schools Superintendent Marguerite Rizzi ...

2017-10-18 15:49 EDT

Just half of Massachusetts students meet MCAS test expectations
The Patriot Ledger
BOSTON — Just half of Massachusetts students in grades three through eight met or exceeded expectations on the new “next generation MCAS test” in math and English — the first time the test has been administered. Massachusetts education officials ...
MCAS 2017: Takeaways from test results for Massachusetts schools MassLive.com
A school-by-school breakdown of this year's MCAS results The Boston Globe

2017-10-18 07:22 EDT

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker supports Alexander-Murray health care bill
MassLive.com
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, on Wednesday joined a bipartisan group of 10 governors in support of a bipartisan health care bill. The governors wrote to House and Senate leaders urging the U.S. Congress to vote on a bill negotiated by ...

2017-10-18 22:18 EDT

Another Massachusetts elementary school cancels Halloween events
MassLive.com
The Boyden Elementary School in Walpole announced the school will trade its annual Halloween costume parade for a "Black and Orange" spirit day on Oct. 31. On Friday, Oct. 20, the school will also host a "Monster Mash Pasta Bash" during after-school ...
Massachusetts school drops Halloween for "black and orange" spirit day CBS News
Halloween Parade Isn't 'Inclusive,' So It's Canceled: Patch PM Patch.com
Massachusetts School BANS Halloween - Will Celebrate 'Black & Orange' Spirit Day Instead The Rebel

2017-10-18 08:23 EDT

Police discover $6 million worth of marijuana growing in this Massachusetts garage
MassLive.com
Police discover $6 million worth of marijuana growing in this Massachusetts garage. Updated on October 18, 2017 at 8:48 PM Posted on October 18, 2017 at 4:06 PM. Clinton police and federal authorities netted $6 million dollars worth of marijuana from a ...

2017-10-18 16:13 EDT

Man Convicted of Fatally Stabbing Woman During Drug Deal
U.S. News & World Report
Man Convicted of Fatally Stabbing Woman During Drug Deal. Authorities say a man has been convicted of fatally stabbing a Massachusetts woman during an attempted drug theft almost three years ago. Oct. 18, 2017, at 6:22 p.m.. Man Convicted of Fatally ...

2017-10-18 18:30 EDT

Here are Massachusetts's richest residents, according to Forbes
Boston.com
Abigail Johnson, CEO of Fidelity Investments, was Massachusetts's richest resident, with a net worth of $16 billion, according to the list. Her grandfather, Edward Johnson II, founded the company in 1946. It was then passed to her father, Edward ...

2017-10-18 20:06 EDT

Opioid prescription check tool being widely utilized by ...
MassLive.com
A patient information sharing system aimed at cutting down on pharmaceutical opioid distribution is being widely utilized by Massachusetts prescribers, data ...

2017-10-18 09:00 EDT

Man Pleads Guilty to Accessory in Gruesome Killing of Couple
U.S. News & World Report
Man Pleads Guilty to Accessory in Gruesome Killing of Couple. Prosecutors say a man has admitted to helping cover up the killing of a woman who was found dead with her fiancée at a Massachusetts home. Oct. 18, 2017, at 2:03 p.m.. Man Pleads Guilty to ...

2017-10-18 13:58 EDT

Massachusetts Iwo Jima memorial vandalized again
Fox News
FALL RIVER, Mass. – Police in Massachusetts are investigating the latest case of vandalism to an Iwo Jima memorial. Officials say the memorial in Fall River was doused with the contents of a fire extinguisher last weekend. Commandant Bruce Aldrich of ...

2017-10-18 10:24 EDT

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