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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What's the 2017 deadline to file your taxes in Massachusetts?
MassLive.com
Earned Income Tax Credit increased: The Massachusetts Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) increased by 50 percent in August 2015. This is the first year the increased rate, 23 percent of the federal EITC, is available for eligible working families ...
Extension of Time to File Your Tax Return - IRS.gov IRS.gov
Pay Your Taxes by Debit or Credit Card - IRS.gov IRS.gov
Eliminating Tax Debts in Bankruptcy | Nolo.com Nolo.com
IRS.gov - Credit.com News
2017-04-05 06:34 EDT

Chronicling the Zelig of Massachusetts politics
The Boston Globe
Nelson walks us through McCormack's invention of a useable Irish ancestry, for only his maternal grandparents were born in Ireland and his father had Scottish Canadian roots — factors immaterial today but disqualifying in Boston politics a century ago.

2017-04-13 22:05 EDT

Activists Marking Tax Day by Demanding Trump Release Taxes
U.S. News & World Report
Activists Marking Tax Day by Demanding Trump Release Taxes. Activists are marking Tax Day in Massachusetts by converging on Cambridge Common to demand President Donald Trump release all of his tax returns. | April 15, 2017, at 9:16 a.m.. MORE.
Massachusetts taxpayers, locals protest Trump on National Tax Day Daily Free Press (subscription)
Principles for the D.C. March - Tax March Tax March

2017-04-15 09:22 EDT

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

2017-04-21 19:40 EDT

Mass. officials make move to capture online sales taxes
The Boston Globe
The state Department of Revenue just issued a directive telling out-of-state vendors to start collecting sales taxes on Massachusetts purchases on July 1. The requirement would kick in for many companies that sell more than $500,000 of goods annually ...

2017-04-04 19:23 EDT

New transportation tax proposed by Massachusetts lawmakers
wwlp.com
AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts lawmakers want to know if you'd okay paying more taxes to repair roads, bridges, and other transportation infrastructure. The proposed bill would allow cities and towns to establish their own payroll, sales ...

2017-04-17 16:41 EDT

How to help Massachusetts retailers
The Boston Globe
Meanwhile, the state Department of Revenue recently took some innovative action, instructing out-of-state vendors with Massachusetts sales of more than $500,000 annually to start collecting this state's sales taxes on orders from Massachusetts. The ...

2017-04-22 00:07 EDT

Worcester businessman pleads guilty to evading tobacco tax
MassLive.com
A Worcester businessman pleaded guilty in federal court to evading state tobacco taxes by buying tobacco products from a distributor in Pennsylvania then selling the products wholesale in Massachusetts. Mohamed Afeez, 32, pleaded guilty in U.S ...

2017-04-23 11:49 EDT

Worcester Businessman Pleads Guilty To Tobacco Tax Fraud
Patch.com
WORCESTER, MA—A Worcester man pleaded guilty on Thursday in connection with a scheme to defraud the Commonwealth of Massachusetts of tobacco excise taxes and submitting false tax returns. Mohamed Afeez, 32, pleaded guilty to subscribing a false ...

2017-04-21 14:38 EDT

Taxes may be inevitable, but outrageous fees aren't
The Boston Globe
Massachusetts and many other states have thrown in their lot with the Free File Alliance, a nonprofit coalition of tax software companies offering free federal and state tax filing for people of limited income. The Massachusetts Department of Revenue ...
Extension of Time to File Your Tax Return - IRS.gov IRS.gov
Free File: Do Your Federal Taxes for Free - IRS.gov IRS.gov
Form 4868 - IRS.gov IRS.gov

2017-04-17 00:06 EDT

The MBTA

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Man accused of assaulting woman on MBTA turns himself in, police say
The Boston Globe
MBTA police said Saturday that a man who allegedly assaulted a woman at Lechmere station in front of a group of school children has turned himself in. “TY to media who displayed his photo & our #MBTA community for spreading our tweet. The subject ...
Man accused of assaulting school chaperone in front of children at MBTA station turns himself in MassLive.com
Woman Assaulted At MBTA Station While Chaperoning Children CBS Boston / WBZ
Man accused of assaulting school chaperone turns himself in, police say WCVB Boston

2017-04-22 23:52 EDT

Senators, reps urge T: Negotiate with your workers instead of privatizing
The Boston Globe
In an April 17 letter to Governor Charlie Baker and the state's transportation secretary, Stephanie Pollack, the legislators called on the MBTA to negotiate with the International Association of Machinists Local 264 less than a week after the agency's ...

2017-04-19 20:12 EDT

Protect Sudbury sues MBTA over Eversource records
MetroWest Daily News
The political nonprofit opposing Eversource's proposed high-voltage transmission line between Hudson and Sudbury is suing the MBTA to access public records related to the project. Protect Sudbury filed suit in Suffolk Superior Court April 14 asking a ...

2017-04-21 20:49 EDT

MBTA apologizes after wrongly telling riders they'd have to pay $6.25 to go 4.5 miles on Worcester/Framingham Line
MassLive.com
MBTA apologized on Thursday after the public transit agency released a spring commuter rail schedule that put a new station, Boston Landing, in a zone that would have riders pay $6.25 to travel about 5 miles. The Worcester/Framingham Line schedule ...

2017-04-20 17:46 EDT

See what the new MBTA Green Line trolleys will look like (photos)
MassLive.com
The MBTA has revealed what many of its passengers have long been anticipating: new Green Line trolleys. The $118 million "light rail vehicles" are expected to roll out on tracks sometime next year, but in the meantime, the MBTA has provided a mock-up ...

2017-04-21 09:25 EDT

Police Seek Man Who Assaulted School Chaperone at MBTA Station
NECN
MBTA Transit Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who they say assaulted a woman Thursday at the Lechmere Station in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Police said the woman was chaperoning 1st and 2nd grade children on the Green Line ...

2017-04-23 10:52 EDT

How much pain can Red Line commuters endure?
The Boston Globe
The MBTA hosted several public meetings to discuss its four projects, three of which involve parking garage repairs or demolition. The plans are largely set -- construction bid packages are due to go out by the end of April, according to the ...

2017-04-20 07:05 EDT

Grading Baker, MBTA, and More
Patch.com
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON - Schools broke for vacation, but midterm grades started to come out this week and had to leave Gov. Charlie Baker wondering what a guy needs to do to get an A. It seems everyone in Massachusetts is a tough grader, the governor ...
On Beacon Hill: No breaks for Baker when it comes to making the grade Worcester Sun (subscription)

2017-04-22 13:52 EDT

MBTA's budget needs savings from bus maintenance, rail
Wicked Local Braintree
Without specific plans for how to achieve savings, MBTA overseers on Thursday targeted the commuter rail, bus maintenance and The Ride paratransit service for reduced spending, passing a $1.989 billion fiscal 2018 budget that leaves a $30 million ...

2017-04-20 21:49 EDT

MBTA approves $2 billion budget
The Boston Globe
Brian Lang, a member of the MBTA's oversight board, said the $1.98 billion budget was a “reflection of the board listening to the public.” “The staff has a responsibility to put forward aggressive proposals, and the public reacted, and we took that ...
MBTA oversight board approves $1.9 billion budget for transit agency, potential service changes ahead MassLive.com
Privatization plan puts MBTA budget at $1.98B Boston Herald
MBTA Line Shut Down For Summer Weekends Patch.com
Gloucester Daily Times
2017-04-13 19:36 EDT

Other News

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Massachusetts lawmakers to lobby against Trump budget cuts
News & Observer
A group of Massachusetts state senators is traveling to Washington to lobby against some of the budget cuts proposed by President Donald Trump. State Sen. Sal DiDomenico is leading the group, which plans to be in DC from Tuesday through Thursday.

2017-04-23 12:02 EDT

Abortions in Massachusetts Down Nearly 11 Percent Since 2010
U.S. News & World Report
Abortions in Massachusetts Down Nearly 11 Percent Since 2010. As the political fight in Washington over Planned Parenthood intensifies, the number of abortions performed in Massachusetts continues to fall. | April 23, 2017, at 11:59 a.m.. MORE.

2017-04-23 12:10 EDT

Massachusetts lawmakers debate pot regulators' independence
Lowell Sun
BOSTON (AP) -- Recreational marijuana may be legal for adults in Massachusetts but who ultimately will be in charge of regulating and enforcing the new law remains the subject of behind-the-scenes maneuvering on Beacon Hill. A legislative committee ...
Massachusetts lawmakers debate pot regulators' independence ... Miami Herald

2017-04-22 08:57 EDT

Security firms eye Massachusetts marijuana market at 2017 New England Cannabis Convention
MassLive.com
When Gerard Boniello, the managing partner at Omnium Protection Group, strolled through the New England Cannabis Convention last year as an attendee, recreational marijuana hadn't yet been legalized in Massachusetts and the medical marijuana ...

2017-04-22 18:53 EDT

Man Killed in Fiery Crash in Central Massachusetts
NECN
Police in central Massachusetts say a man was burned beyond recognition after his car crashed into a Mass Pike overpass and burst into flames. Palmer police told The Republican newspaper that the crash occurred just before 4 a.m. Saturday on Boston ...

2017-04-22 17:16 EDT

How to help Massachusetts retailers
The Boston Globe
Meanwhile, the state Department of Revenue recently took some innovative action, instructing out-of-state vendors with Massachusetts sales of more than $500,000 annually to start collecting this state's sales taxes on orders from Massachusetts. The ...

2017-04-22 00:07 EDT

The Argument: Should Massachusetts reduce its sales tax rate?
The Boston Globe
A kick start from a sales tax cut can only help Massachusetts. Local retail employment needs a hand as well to combat the powerful phenomenon of out-of-state online retail sales. A reduction to 5 percent, for instance, will not defeat the strength of ...

2017-04-21 12:13 EDT

Mass. unemployment rate rises to 3.6 percent
The Boston Globe
Was March a simple breather after an exuberant few months of hiring or a worrying sign of a slowing Massachusetts economy? After adding 30,000 new jobs since the presidential election, employers in Massachusetts expanded payrolls by a meager 200 ...
Massachusetts adds jobs in March, but unemployment rate climbs slightly MassLive.com
Mass. unemployment rate rises to 3.6 percent, job growth slows Boston Business Journal

2017-04-20 09:38 EDT

Veterans Health and Career Fair to Be Held in Springfield
U.S. News & World Report
Military veterans from western Massachusetts seeking access to health care and better job opportunities are getting some help this week. | April 23, 2017, at 12:49 p.m.. MORE. LinkedIn · StumbleUpon · Google +; Cancel. Veterans Health and Career Fair ...

2017-04-23 12:30 EDT

Massachusetts police rally around boy battling cancer
wtkr.com
The patches on little Devin Suau's police uniform span the width of his arms. An oversized officer's hat covers the six-year-old's nose — so he tips it back. Despite his honorary status as a police commissioner, Devin's red sneakers aren't part of the ...

2017-04-21 20:42 EDT

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