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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Strong support for raising taxes on millionaires in Massachusetts, new WBUR poll shows
MassLive.com
In this Jan. 14, 2017, photo, tax professional and tax preparation firm owner Alicia Utley reaches for hard copies of tax forms while working to stay caught up on a Saturday at the start of the tax season rush, in her offices at Infinite Tax Solutions ...
Mass. lawmakers find silver lining in 2016 election outcome The Boston Globe
Just 44 Percent of Massachusetts Voters Say Warren Deserves Reelection National Review
New Poll Shows Voters Unsure About Reelecting Warren in 2018 Washington Free Beacon
WBUR
2017-01-23 13:11 EST

Op-Ed: Capuano Chooses Politics Over Somerville
Patch.com
He was one of only two members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation who decided not to attend. Even one of Donald Trump's harshest critics, Sen. Elizabeth Warren decided to attend. Now I could mention that this is disrespectful to the Office ...

2017-01-23 15:03 EST

Massachusetts Lawmakers Want to Reduce Plant Limit, Raise Marijuana Taxes
The Daily Chronic
BOSTON, MA — Lawmakers in Massachusetts are considering big changes for a voter-approved law that legalizes marijuana in the Bay State, including an increase in tax on retail marijuana sales and a reduction in plant limits on personal home grows.

2017-01-11 11:26 EST

Sudbury Residents, Your Real Estate and Property Taxes Are Due
Patch.com
SUDBURY, MA—The collector's office is reminding Sudbury residents that FY2017 third quarter real estate and personal property taxes are due by Wednesday, Feb. 1. To avoid late charges, your payment must be received in the office on or before the due ...

2017-01-23 08:32 EST

What's causing Massachusetts weed paranoia?
The Cannabist
“No legislature has inserted themselves in such a way as to extend timelines,” said Jim Borghesani, the director of communications for the Massachusetts campaign to legalize marijuana. “It's direct ... Amber Phillips writes about politics for The Fix ...
Lawmakers Delay Key Provisions Of New Massachusetts Pot Law Hartford Courant
Mass. Officials Go Against Voters, Delay Cannabis Shops from Opening Leafly
Massachusetts delays retail sales of marijuana by six months Reuters
The Boston Globe
2016-12-30 12:45 EST

Gun rights activists sue over Massachusetts firearms laws
Fox News
BOSTON – Gun rights activists have filed a lawsuit to end what they call Massachusetts' unconstitutional firearms laws. The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court by the Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts and other groups specifically targets the ...
AG Maura Healey to 'vigorously defend' Massachusetts copycat weapons ban MassLive.com

2017-01-24 16:13 EST

At halfway point, Massachusetts sales taxes up 2.3 percent
Wicked Local Norwood
With half of the fiscal year in the books, state tax collections have grown 2.3 percent and exceeded estimates for the month of December by $49 million. But the latest revenue report may not be exactly what Democratic leaders were hoping for when they ...

2017-01-08 14:26 EST

Forgotten and forlorn, a Massachusetts town finds hope in Donald ...
Boston.com
WINCHENDON — At the elbow of the bar, where afternoon regulars with calloused hands gripped $3 longnecks, the consensus was clear in the Toy Town.

2017-01-22 14:24 EST

Massachusetts lawmakers poised to consider pay raises for top officials
Boston.com
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers were poised to vote on a package of pay raises for the legislative leadership, the governor and other top state elected officials. The bill, unveiled late Monday by the House and Senate Ways and Means Committees, ...
Massachusetts lawmakers poised to raise their own pay MassLive.com

2017-01-23 21:13 EST

Some urge higher taxes on Massachusetts marijuana sales
Stillwater News Press
BOSTON — Marijuana won't be legally sold in Massachusetts for another 18 months, yet lawmakers are already being pushed to hike taxes amid warnings of a flourishing black market if rates are set too high. A voter approved law, parts of which went into ...

2017-01-04 07:53 EST

The MBTA

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Vast numbers of protesters flocking to Common overwhelmed MBTA
The Boston Globe
Protesters headed to the Boston Women's March on Boston Common Saturday morning overwhelmed parts of the MBTA subway and commuter rail, which ran extra trains in the morning to offset delays, and then ramped up to weeknight rush-hour service in ...
More Than Double The Protesters The MBTA Planned For Showed Up To The Boston Women's March CBS Local
MBTA Manages Massive Crowds Following Women's March in Boston NBC Boston
MBTA offers extra transit service Jan. 21, the day of the Boston Women's March Wicked Local Concord
WCVB Boston
2017-01-21 17:27 EST

5 Investigates: MBTA police officer on leave after alleged drunken driving incident
WCVB Boston
“The officer has been placed on leave pending an investigation," MBTA police Superintendent Richard Sullivan told 5 Investigates. "It would be inappropriate for me to comment any further at this time." Sources told 5 Investigates the officer was in ...

2017-01-21 21:55 EST

The Curmudgeon's Guide to the MBTA
Boston magazine (blog)
Whether it's the theremin-esque bleeep-blooops announcing the doors opening on a rickety Orange Line train, the 20 stops per square foot along the Green Line's B branch, or the eerie emptiness of a Blue Line train at a certain hour, each of the MBTA's ...

2017-01-17 09:11 EST

MBTA Board okays $16.9 million contract for Mattapan station
Dorchester Reporter
The MBTA's Fiscal and Management Control Board (FMCB) voted Monday to pay a Boston-based construction firm $16.97 million to build a new Fairmount Line station in Mattapan. The Blue Hill Avenue station — slated to open in 2019— will be built by ...

2017-01-24 16:34 EST

MBTA retirement fund needs independent review, group says
The Boston Globe
The Pioneer Institute, a Boston think tank, is calling on the MBTA's fiscal control board to commission an independent audit of the $1.5 billion pension fund for transit workers. In a paper scheduled for release Tuesday, the right-leaning institute ...

2017-01-16 18:49 EST

MBTA governance needs radical makeover
CommonWealth magazine
THE MBTA'S FISCAL AND MANAGEMENT CONTROL BOARD is properly in the process of developing a strategic plan that will help guide the agency into the future. One element of that plan focuses on the governance of the transit agency, a long overdue ...

2017-01-17 08:03 EST

Rent for One Bedroom in Boston, Mapped by MBTA Stop
BostInno
You've seen median one-bed apartments in the Boston Area mapped by MBTA stop. You've seen average home prices laid out that way too. There was even one with home prices plotted along the stops of the commuter rail. Now there's a new map in town: ...

2017-01-17 07:54 EST

Public Meeting In Worcester To Discuss MBTA Proposed Schedule Changes
Patch.com
WORCESTER, MA — In late September of 2016, the MBTA formed a Framingham/Worcester Line Schedule Working Group to create an "accurate, effective and reliable service that meets the needs of the ridership while taking into account the assets of the ...

2017-01-20 18:10 EST

5 Investigates: alleged drunk driving incident involving T cop sparks investigations
WCVB Boston
Transit Police were notified, MBTA transit officers picked up his truck and gun, and a relative took Sacco home, sources said. An hour later the scene was cleared. State Police said they are reviewing their interaction with the operator of the pickup ...

2017-01-23 18:40 EST

Tough Choices: The Efforts of Five To Fix the MBTA
Harvard Political Review
When asked to say the first word that came to their mind after hearing “MBTA”, people at the Harvard Square T stop supplied “broken”, “old”, and one woman said “very very late … like late-all-the-time-late.” Citizen's feelings are justified; the ...

2017-01-11 12:55 EST

Other News

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Feds Find $20 Million Hidden Under A Mattress In Massachusetts
NPR
In the aftermath of the Massachusetts company's collapse, TelexFree executives in Brazil allegedly plotted to retrieve money left behind. Rocha is said to be one of those people, sent from Brazil. He traveled to the U.S. in January and June 2016, but ...
$20 Million in Cash Found Hidden in Box Spring in Massachusetts Apartment Seized by Federal Agents KTLA
Massachusetts mattress conceals $20m in cash BBC News
$20 million found hidden inside box spring in Massachusetts WMUR Manchester
FOX31 Denver - Austin American-Statesman - WNCN - US Department of Justice
2017-01-24 16:21 EST

Gun rights activists sue over Massachusetts firearms laws
Fox News
BOSTON – Gun rights activists have filed a lawsuit to end what they call Massachusetts' unconstitutional firearms laws. The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court by the Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts and other groups specifically targets the ...
Gun rights activists sue Massachusetts over assault weapons ban Reuters
NRA Files Lawsuit Over Absurd Massachusetts “Assault Weapons” Ban Bearing Arms
Gun owners file suit against Massachusetts attorney general, calling weapons ban unlawful MassLive.com
NEWS10 ABC
2017-01-24 16:13 EST

EFF Asks Massachusetts High Court to Require Clear Limits Before Allowing Searches of Digital Devices and Information
EFF
Along with several other advocacy groups, EFF signed on to an amicus brief this week in the case of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. James Keown, in support of requiring courts to set pre-search limits on the method of digital searches by law ...

2017-01-24 14:42 EST

Freezing rain expected Tuesday into Wednesday across Massachusetts
MassLive.com
As the temperature drops Tuesday evening, residents in parts of Massachusetts are likely to see freezing rain overnight. The National Weather Service issued a freezing rain advisory Tuesday afternoon for Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex and ...

2017-01-24 16:07 EST

Online Gaming Bill Introduced In Massachusetts
CardPlayer.com
Legislation has come forward in the Bay State that would allow its brick-and-mortar casinos to offer games over the internet. State Senator Bruce Tarr introduced Bill SD.618, which remains a shell proposal at this time. The legislation states that upon ...

2017-01-24 17:18 EST

Massachusetts lawmakers poised to consider pay raises for top officials
Boston.com
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers were poised to vote on a package of pay raises for the legislative leadership, the governor and other top state elected officials. The bill, unveiled late Monday by the House and Senate Ways and Means Committees, ...
Pay raise bill teed up for votes in Massachusetts House, Senate wwlp.com
Massachusetts lawmakers poised to raise their own pay MassLive.com

2017-01-23 21:13 EST

Massachusetts Top Court Orders Prosecutors to Remedy Thousands of Tainted Drug Convictions
ProPublica
More than four years after a Massachusetts lab chemist confessed to manipulating drug test results, the state's highest court has called on prosecutors to reverse potentially thousands of tainted convictions. The chemist, Annie Dookhan, may have played ...

2017-01-23 11:05 EST

Elizabeth Warren isn't wowing them in Massachusetts
Power Line (blog)
A poll by WBUR in Boston finds that 51 percent of Massachusetts voters view her favorably. That's not bad. At the same time, though, only 44 percent believe that Warren deserves reelection and 46 percent believe “it's time to give someone else a chance.”.
More Massachusetts voters think it's time to 'give someone else a chance' at Elizabeth Warren's seat TheBlaze.com
Mass. lawmakers find silver lining in 2016 election outcome The Boston Globe
One Could Hope: Poll Shows Massachusetts Voters Are Open To Replacing Elizabeth Warren Townhall
Politico - National Review - Washington Examiner (blog) - WBUR
2017-01-23 11:41 EST

Opioid Abuse Epidemic: How Massachusetts Compares To The Country
Patch.com
In 2015, Massachusetts' rate of opioid overdose deaths was the sixth highest in the country, according to new national data that paints a broad picture of the state of a nation fighting an ongoing crisis. The Commonwealth has been assiduously tracking ...

2017-01-24 12:52 EST

Massachusetts lawmakers float aggressive bill mandating 100% renewables by 2035
Utility Dive
Three Democratic lawmakers in Massachusetts have proposed a bill that would require the state use 100% renewable energy by 2035, but then goes further to eliminate fossil fuels from the heating and transport sectors as well. The proposal calls for ...

2017-01-24 09:55 EST

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