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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The Latest: Protesters greet Speaker Ryan in Massachusetts
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is heading to Massachusetts to talk taxes. The Republican leader from Wisconsin is scheduled to tour a New Balance sneaker factory Thursday in Lawrence, a gritty city north of Boston near the New Hampshire border.
Watch Live: Paul Ryan Talks Taxes In MA
Speaker Ryan talking tax reform at New Balance shoe factory The Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Ryan: GOP more unified on taxes than healthcare Washington Examiner - NECN - Fort Worth Star Telegram
2017-07-20 16:48 EDT

Could Massachusetts taxes prevent the Celtics from signing Gordon Hayward?
Washington Examiner
As ESPN reports, Gordon Hayward's looming free agency on Saturday is sparking some panic in Boston. Why? It's the taxes, stupid. First, some context. ESPN suggests that the Boston Celtics will offer Hayward a $127 million four-year deal. But other ...
Sources: Celtics working to land both Gordon Hayward and Paul George Yahoo Sports
Gordon Hayward Stats, News, Videos, Highlights, Pictures, Bio - Boston Celtics - ESPN -

2017-06-29 17:08 EDT

Less Than Year After Legalization, Massachusetts Pols Agree to Increase Pot Taxes by 67 Percent
Breitbart News
Less than a year after Massachusetts voters legalized marijuana, legislators came to a grand bargain on Monday over taxes on pot that strikes smokers as neither grand nor a bargain. The Massachusetts General Court looks to impose a 20 percent maximum ...
3 things to know about the expected changes to marijuana legalization in Massachusetts
Marijuana in Massachusetts: Lawmakers agree to rewrite of voter-approved pot law, propose taxes up to 20 percent
How does the proposed Mass. marijuana tax rate compare to other states? WCVB Boston - Ganjapreneur - Leafly
2017-07-18 07:36 EDT

Controversial taxes pitched as funding source for free college in Massachusetts
Metro US
Higher education students and advocates continued their quest to make public colleges and universities free or debt-free in Massachusetts by asking lawmakers to start by providing one full year of tuition and fees at community colleges, state ...

2017-07-14 09:10 EDT

Massachusetts Senate 'working on a little property tax bill,' President Stan Rosenberg says
BOSTON -- The Massachusetts Senate is planning to roll out a bill related to property taxes in the coming days, but details of the bill remained sketchy even to the Senate president Wednesday morning. While discussing the Senate's priorities during an ...
Massachusetts Senate leader opposes later last call for casinos

2017-07-19 17:09 EDT

Massachusetts Republican to offer 'alternative vision' for GOP
McClatchy Washington Bureau
John Kingston wants to show Republicans how they can win Senate races in deep-blue states like Massachusetts. The first step, a top adviser says, is to prove he's nothing like President Donald Trump. Kingston is beginning a run for Senate in a state ...

2017-07-20 17:48 EDT

Shrine Still Not Absolved From Massachusetts Property Taxes
Bloomberg BNA
The shrine filed a lawsuit in Bristol County Superior Court July 10, asking the court to order the city to return the $69,618 the shrine paid in property taxes to the city in 2017, plus interest and attorney's fees. In the lawsuit, the shrine claims ...

2017-07-18 11:12 EDT

Massachusetts budget chair leaving for lobbying firm
BOSTON (AP) — Rep. Brian Dempsey, chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee who was widely viewed as a likely successor to Speaker Robert DeLeo, announced Thursday he will be leaving the Massachusetts Legislature to join a ...
Brian Dempsey, powerful Massachusetts budget-writing lawmaker ...

2017-07-13 21:09 EDT

Massachusetts Considers Mental Health Gun Bill
Lawmakers on Beacon Hill are trying to tackle the difficult topic of guns and mental health by proposing a bill that would reduce access to firearms for those at risk of harming themselves or others. The bill is being sponsored by Representative David ...

2017-07-20 22:44 EDT

Advocates see a chance to raise Mass. alcohol tax
The Boston Globe
As Massachusetts lawmakers debate new taxes on marijuana of anywhere from 8 to 28 percent, public health advocates say there's another drug that needs a tax hike: alcohol. Drinkers in Massachusetts pay just pennies per glass in state taxes, one of the ...

2017-07-05 22:47 EDT


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MBTA heralds arrival of 345 new buses - The Boston Globe
The Boston Globe
Transportation officials marked the arrival of 345 new buses to the MBTA's fleet.
MBTA welcomes 345 new buses Metro US

2017-07-18 16:07 EDT

Charlie and the MBTA
The American Prospect
Today the MBTA is $6 billion in debt—and roughly 25 percent of its annual budget goes to debt service. The authority, which runs America's oldest subway system, has a $7 billion “state of good repair” backlog. Fares only cover about 40 percent of ...

2017-07-19 05:06 EDT

Person on tracks at UMass/JFK station creates severe Red Line delays
WCVB Boston
A person on the tracks at the UMass/JFK Red Line station created severe delays on the line Thursday afternoon, according to the MBTA. A person who was on ...
Person on tracks at JFK/UMass delays service; transported for ... Dorchester Reporter

2017-07-20 13:59 EDT

MBTA workers rally against proposed privatization of jobs
The Patriot Ledger
QUINCY - About 100 people gathered at the MBTA bus maintenance facility in Quincy Monday morning to rally against the potential privatization of some jobs at the transit agency. The MBTA is considering privatizing about 450 bus maintenance jobs as it ...

2017-07-17 15:38 EDT

Busy MBTA control board on a brief respite
The Boston Globe
Since first convening two years ago this month, the Fiscal and Management Control Board, which oversees the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, has met in public at a breakneck pace, often getting together for hours at a time each week to ...

2017-07-15 14:33 EDT

MBTA heralds arrival of 345 new buses
The Boston Globe
If you take the T regularly, you may have had the good fortune to board a gleaming, brand new bus. And if that's not the case, don't fret — you'll get your chance, because the MBTA is in the process of replacing about one-third of its bus fleet with ...

2017-07-18 16:10 EDT

Day 1 of MBTA shutdown brings longer commute
The Salem News
To help commuters navigate the temporary configuration, MBTA Transit Police stood by along with workers from Keolis, which operates the commuter rail, and from the Yankee Line, the shuttle bus company. Workers handed out schedules, answered ...

2017-07-17 22:41 EDT

Manchester beach revenues not stalled by MBTA shutdown
Gloucester Daily Times
MANCHESTER — Commuter rail shutdowns aren't enough to stop beach goers from getting to the Manchester shoreline to soak up some sun. "It hasn't affected the beach revenues at all," Town Administrator Gregory Federspiel said of the Massachusetts Bay ...

2017-07-20 19:29 EDT

Sen. Jason Lewis supports alcohol advertising prohibition on MBTA
Wicked Local Malden
Responding to media reports that senior staff at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority are considering a plan to relax the existing ban on alcohol advertising on the MBTA as a source of revenue, Sen. Jason Lewis, D-Winchester, submitted a ...

2017-07-18 13:30 EDT

MassPRIM gets authorization to manage MBTA Retirement Fund
Pensions & Investments
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker authorized the Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management board to manage the MBTA Retirement Fund's $1.5 billion portfolio, confirmed William Pitman, a spokesman for the governor's office. This move is ...

2017-07-18 16:31 EDT

Other News

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Massachusetts Republican to offer 'alternative vision' for GOP
Fresno Bee
John Kingston wants to show Republicans how they can win Senate races in deep-blue states like Massachusetts. The first step, a top adviser says, is to prove he's nothing like President Donald Trump. Kingston is beginning a run for Senate in a state ...

2017-07-20 17:48 EDT

Protesters Gather for Speaker Ryan at Massachusetts Stop
U.S. News & World Report
Protesters Gather for Speaker Ryan at Massachusetts Stop. Protesters are rallying outside a New Balance sneaker factory in Massachusetts where U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is expected to talk about Republican plans for tax reform. July 20, 2017, at 1 ...
Ryan pitches tax overhaul at Massachusetts factory Press Herald
The Latest: Protesters greet Speaker Ryan in Massachusetts SFGate
Paul Ryan to Visit Massachusetts Factory NECN

2017-07-20 13:52 EDT

'Crab army' marches on Massachusetts beach
July 20 (UPI) -- An "army" of thousands of fiddler crabs were spotted crawling along the shore of a Massachusetts beach on Wednesday. Wareham Department of Natural Resources shared videos of the horde of tiny crabs walking along an estuary. "Fiddler ...
Massive army of fiddler crabs march across Massachusetts beach WHDH-TV

2017-07-20 17:59 EDT

Mass. Gains 10K Jobs in June, Unemployment Rate Ticks Up
U.S. News & World Report
Gains 10K Jobs in June, Unemployment Rate Ticks Up. State labor officials say Massachusetts added an estimated 10,000 jobs in June while the unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.3 percent. July 20, 2017, at 10:56 a.m.. MORE. LinkedIn · StumbleUpon ...
Massachusetts unemployment rate inches upward despite growing jobs Boston Business Journal
Massachusetts adds 10000 Jobs in June Unemployment Rate at 4.3 Percent Turn to 10

2017-07-20 10:56 EDT

Lawmakers Approve Protections for Pregnant Workers
U.S. News & World Report
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers have given final approval to a bill offering protections for pregnant women in the workplace. The measure sent to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday requires employers to offer "reasonable ...

2017-07-20 16:32 EDT

Officials Name Man Found Stabbed to Death in Apartment
U.S. News & World Report
Officials have identified the man who was stabbed to death in a Massachusetts apartment over the weekend. July 20, 2017, at 11:34 a.m.. MORE. LinkedIn · StumbleUpon · Google +; Cancel. Officials Name Man Found Stabbed to Death in Apartment ...

2017-07-20 11:34 EDT

Massachusetts police chief will be allowed to work full-time and collect $116000 pension at the same time
Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, right, faces reporters as Mass. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, left, looks on during a news conference at the Statehouse, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne). Massachusetts Republican Gov.

2017-07-20 10:51 EDT

This Massachusetts Nurses' Union Is Reviving the Strike | The Nation
The Nation.
They're bringing solidarity back, with a little help from Boston's hard hats.

2017-07-19 17:13 EDT

Massachusetts girl OK after suffering medical issue on Mount Monadnock
The Keene Sentinel
The girl, from Massachusetts, had suffered what N.H. Fish and Game officials described as a serious medical issue on the summit and had been flown to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester Wednesday evening, according to a Wednesday news ...

2017-07-20 12:02 EDT

Massachusetts Legislature Backs Deal on Recreational Pot Law
U.S. News & World Report
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers signed off Wednesday on a compromise bill that makes changes to the voter-approved law that legalized adult use of recreational marijuana and expressed confidence the revamped measure could withstand any ...
3 things to know about the expected changes to marijuana legalization in Massachusetts
Massachusetts House and Senate approve final bill to change marijuana ballot law
Massachusetts lawmakers break up deadlock on legal cannabis sales ThinkProgress
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2017-07-19 16:35 EDT

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