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 ...
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
Massachusetts will tax ridesharing services to compensate taxis Engadget
The New American - TheBlaze.com - Digital Trends - New York Times
2016-08-23 11:52 EDT

Massachusetts casino generates $88M in taxes in 1st year
Boston Herald
PLAINVILLE, Mass. — Massachusetts' only casino collected nearly $180 million in gambling revenues in its first year of operation. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission reported Monday that Plainridge Park's revenues resulted in more than $88 million in ...

2016-08-15 12:25 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 Just Took a Big Step Toward Closing the Wage Gap Mother Jones
Gov. Charlie Baker signs Massachusetts equal pay law MassLive.com
Fox News - Massachusetts - Mass.Gov - New York Times
2016-08-03 07:05 EDT

Massachusetts Legislature passes renewable energy compromise bill
MassLive.com
BOSTON - The Massachusetts Legislature late Sunday night sent to Gov. Charlie Baker a compromise energy bill that, while less broad than some senators had hoped, would require the state to purchase significantly more energy from offshore wind and other ...
Bill H.4568 - Massachusetts Massachusetts

2016-08-01 06:10 EDT

A nickel for your thoughts on how to make taxis better
The Boston Globe
What if every airline ticket you purchased, tucked amid all of the security fees, taxes, and airport facility charges, included a small additional line item: the Ocean Liner Support Fund, to help that industry stay afloat? Could a similar subsidy have ...

2016-08-19 05:34 EDT

Airbnb rentals tax flops on Beacon Hill
The Boston Globe
Renting a private house through sites like Airbnb will remain tax-free in Massachusetts after lawmakers abandoned a plan to extend hotel levies to short-term private lodgings. The Airbnb meaure was not included in a key economic development bill that ...

2016-08-01 01:07 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

Massachusetts Democrats ready for next chapter after convention
WCVB Boston
Breaking News. Home; / Politics. Ed Harding By Ed Harding · Bio. Massachusetts Democrats ready for next chapter after convention. UPDATED 12:01 AM EDT Jul 29, 2016. Next Video: Why Olympian Aly Raisman Asked Michelle Obama to Ignore Her Tweets.

2016-07-29 00:03 EDT

Massachusetts Senate Passes Paid Family and Medical Leave Bill
NECN
In a rare weekend meeting session, the Massachusetts Senate passed legislation on Saturday establishing a paid family and medical leave program for all workers. The Paid Family and Medical Leave Bill protects employees who must take time off from work ...

2016-07-30 16:04 EDT

Massachusetts casino generates $88M in taxes in 1st year ...
Waterbury Republican American
The Republican-American Newspaper, Waterbury, Connecticut.

2016-08-19 01:20 EDT

The MBTA

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First major development comes to MBTA Green Line Extension
Wicked Local Medford
Sphere Luxury Apartments is the first major development along the MBTA Green Line Extension. A groundbreaking ceremony was recently held to mark the first of many projects that will be built along the extended MBTA GLX. The new Ball Square ...

2016-08-22 10:32 EDT

Man arrested for alleged lewdness at MBTA station
The Boston Globe
A Dorchester man was arrested Friday for lewd behavior inside a women's bathroom at the Back Bay MBTA station, according to Transit Police. Taha Hamid, 28, entered the women's restroom at around 10:30 a.m. Friday where he pulled down his pants and ...
Man nabbed for women's room 'gross lewdness' Boston Herald

2016-08-20 17:29 EDT

Cash-strapped MBTA looks to expand digital ads
The Boston Globe
The cash-strapped MBTA believes it can further increase ad revenue, and is looking for a new partner to help. For the past 11 years the authority has used Intersection Co., a New York technology and media company that works with advertisers and ...

2016-08-14 18:56 EDT

MBTA Looks To Improve Commutes By Endorsing A Transit App
WBUR
The MBTA launched a contest last month to evaluate and select a third-party app. On Friday, the four finalists -- Moovit, Transit App, Swiftly and Moovel — presented their apps at a public forum. All of the apps are free and currently available on iOS ...

2016-08-12 19:06 EDT

Keolis will use virtual reality goggles to speed up maintenance
The Boston Globe
Remember when the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority wanted its riders to avoid using virtual reality goggles on its subway trains? The agency's commuter rail operator is taking the opposite tack: Keolis Commuter Services wants its workers to ...

2016-08-17 17:00 EDT

MBTA Seeks #SkaterDude Who Chugged a Beer and Punched a Bus Driver
Boston magazine (blog)
The MBTA Transit Police are asking for your help tracking down a skateboard-toting man who allegedly chugged a beer and punched a bus driver in the face. The suspect, images of whom the TPD posted on its blog Friday, was wearing a backwards cap and ...

2016-08-19 14:08 EDT

MBTA hopes to use West Knoll to build bridge
Wicked Local Melrose
City of Melrose officials are considering a request from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) to use part of the West Knoll Fields as a staging area for a Commuter Rail bridge. The project would likely prevent recreational use of the ...

2016-08-20 10:31 EDT

MBTA warehouse debate continues
Wicked Local Dedham
MBTA inventory workers giving a tour around the central warehouse earlier this summer paused for a moment, moving to the side of an enclosed alley to make room for a forklift passing through. The hallway is the only indoor connection between the ...

2016-08-20 02:13 EDT

Police seek to identify man in connection to assault on MBTA employee
Boston.com
MBTA Transit Police are seeking the public's help to identify a man wanted in connection to an alleged assault on an MBTA employee. The incident occurred around 5:45 p.m. Saturday at Haymarket Station, police said. Police ask that anyone with ...

2016-08-17 16:52 EDT

Accused Fare Evader Pulls Knife On MBTA Conductor, Police Say
CBS Local
READVILLE (CBS) — A Sharon woman was arrested after she allegedly attacked an MBTA commuter rail conductor who confronted her after she refused to pay a fare. Police say 25-year-old Emma Bloom kicked, punched and bit the conductor on a train ...
Woman attacks MBTA conductor after refusing to pay fare, police say WCVB Boston
Sharon Woman Charged with Assaulting MBTA Conductor Patch.com
Woman attacks, bites MBTA conductor in dispute over fare: Police Metro.us
NECN
2016-08-16 12:21 EDT

Other News

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Massachusetts drug dealer disguises himself as elderly man to evade arrest
Daily Mail
A 31-year-old fugitive wearing a disguise to look like an elderly man was found at a Massachusetts home, authorities said. Police went to a house on Cape Cod on Thursday looking for Shaun Miller, who had been a fugitive since April when he and several ...
"Elderly man" turns out to be young fugitive in Massachusetts CBS News
Police: Massachusetts Fugitive Disguises Himself as Elderly Man to Avoid Capture KTLA
Fugitive's 'old man' disguise fails to fool Massachusetts police BBC News
FOX 61 - US Department of Justice
2016-08-20 00:35 EDT

Chronicle/Cheese, Please: Massachusetts Cheese Trail
WCVB Boston
TEXAS IS CHRONICLE. ICLE. ANTHONY: VERY VERSATILE. AND STRAIGHT FROM THE SOURCE. GOATS. ANTHONY: THE EGG STATE I WISDOM. HOW TO RAISE A CULTURE'S GHOST. AND THE CHEESE THA GOT CHEF PAUL WAHLBERG ALL ...

2016-08-23 12:31 EDT

Does Massachusetts have the best economy of any state? - The ...
The Boston Globe
A Governing Magazine analysis of federal statistics put the Bay State at number one.

2016-08-23 01:48 EDT

Massachusetts is taxing Uber and giving the money to taxis
Mashable
Ride an Uber, give five cents to the struggling taxi industry. Massachusetts will tax Uber with a new law that uses some of the fees to support the traditional taxi industry. The state is introducing a $0.20 per-trip fee for ride-hailing companies like ...
New Massachusetts Law Will Tax Uber and Lyft to Bailout Taxi Industry, As Taxi Medallions Plunge Forbes
Massachusetts' Uber Law Is Taxation Without Representation U.S. News & World Report
Massachusetts becomes the first state to tax Uber and Lyft The Verge
Reason (blog) - Slate Magazine (blog) - PC Magazine - New York Times
2016-08-23 14:45 EDT

Massachusetts Ranked as Best State Economy in U.S.
Boston magazine (blog)
Governing magazine ranked Massachusetts as the best state economy in the United States. It's related to Massachusetts' governor's approval ratings.
Massachusetts has best state economy in America, Governing ... MassLive.com
Governing Mag: Massachusetts has America's strongest economy Boston.com
Massachusetts voted as top state economy, report says WCVB Boston
Governing
2016-08-23 09:27 EDT

'No injuries. No deaths. Lots of cleanup' after tornado hits Concord
The Boston Globe
CONCORD — A rare nighttime tornado, packing winds of up to 100 miles an hour, cut a destructive half-mile path Monday morning, uprooting trees and damaging dozens of homes. The twister, which touched down around 3:20 a.m., caused significant tree ...
Tornado touches down in Massachusetts town, National Weather Service says WMUR Manchester
EF1 Tornado Confirmed in Concord, Massachusetts; Dozens of Homes Damaged | The Weather Channel The Weather Channel
Weather service confirms early morning Massachusetts tornado WPRI 12 Eyewitness News
Patch.com - Boston Herald - The Providence Journal
2016-08-22 17:52 EDT

Police: Some animals on Massachusetts farm starved to death
Fox News
WESTPORT, Mass. – Police say preliminary necropsy results show that some of the dozens of animals found buried on a Massachusetts farm last month were starved to death. Authorities found more than 1,000 animals at the 70-acre Westport property in July.

2016-08-23 13:20 EDT

Massachusetts student accused of rape only receives probation
New York Daily News
A Massachusetts student accused of raping two unconscious 18-year-olds will not face jail time or have to register as a sex offender. David Becker was sentenced to two years of probation by a judge in Palmer who said that his case would be continued ...
Massachusetts man accused of raping, assaulting classmates get probation Chicago Tribune
Fmr. high school star athlete accused of rape gets probation CBS News
No jail time for Massachusetts 18-year-old accused of raping two teens FOX 61
Atlanta Black Star - TeenVogue.com - MassLive.com - MassLive.com
2016-08-23 00:23 EDT

Top local hospital executives voice support for Mass. AG's gun crackdown
Boston Business Journal (blog)
The Massachusetts Medical Society, a slew of Massachusetts physicians and the Massachusetts Public Health Association has also come out in support of the assault weapons enforcement. Jessica Bartlett covers health care, including hospitals, health IT, ...

2016-08-23 13:18 EDT

Hey, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York: Massachusetts wants your toll scofflaws to pay up
MassLive.com
BOSTON – Massachusetts transportation chief Stephanie Pollack plans to send letters to her counterparts in Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York, seeking agreements that would push their drivers, who cruise through Massachusetts without paying tolls, ...
Massachusetts to launch open-road tolling system on turnpike in October Waterbury Republican American
Massachusetts to offer details on new electronic tolling system NH1 News
Massachusetts' Automated Toll System Raises Privacy Concerns Fortune

2016-08-23 14:28 EDT

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