Statehouse News Service

Mayor Walsh marks Boston's newest skyscraper at One Dalton

Rising from the Back Bay for more than three years, Boston's newest skyscraper is nearing completion and on Tuesday hosted the mayor and developers for a topping-off ceremony. Hundreds of construction workers filled a plaza at the foot of the building officially dubbed the "Four Seasons...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018, 4:53 PM

Cannabis Control Commission begins first review of marijuana test lab application

The Cannabis Control Commission is reviewing its first license application from an independent testing laboratory, a critical link of the supply chain without which non-medical marijuana cannot be sold, and the chairman said he hopes the commission can consider that application when it meets next...

Thursday, July 12, 2018, 4:07 PM

Mass. House votes to hold sales tax holiday Aug. 11-12

The Massachusetts House approved an amendment to an economic development bill Tuesday that would establish the weekend of Aug. 11 and 12 as a sales tax-free weekend. "The sales tax holiday is something for one weekend that is good for retailers, it's good for Main Street merchants, it...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 10:49 AM

Leicester company awarded first retail pot license, eyes sales in 'few weeks'

The president of the company that secured the state's first retail marijuana license Monday said he expects to be selling non-medical marijuana in Leicester in a matter of weeks. The Cannabis Control Commission voted unanimously Monday to issue a provisional license to Cultivate Holdings, Inc...

Monday, July 2, 2018, 4:09 PM

Baker signs $15 minimum wage law

Gov. Charlie Baker signed a new law Thursday that could affect virtually every resident of Massachusetts, a week after lawmakers settled months of negotiations over proposed ballot questions that could have had dramatic consequences for the state's finances and economy. Legislators scrambled...

Thursday, June 28, 2018, 2:34 PM

Mass. state troopers arrested, charged with theft of funds

Current and former State Police officials already under scrutiny internally for payroll discrepancies are now fully within the sights of federal prosecutors who on Wednesday announced charges against two troopers, one of whom is retired, and a former lieutenant. The three are suspected of...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 3:48 PM

Retail marijuana not happening July 1 because of laboratory snag

There will be no legal recreational marijuana sales in Massachusetts on July 1. And though regulators expect to approve business licenses next week, there can be no legal retail sales until an independent testing laboratory applies and is licensed by the Cannabis Control Commission. The CCC on...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 3:41 PM

First recreational marijuana license issued in Massachusetts

State regulators voted unanimously Thursday to grant the state's first recreational marijuana business license to a marijuana grower in Milford. The license approved by the Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) on Thursday will allow Sira Naturals to grow between 10,001 and 20,000 square feet of...

Thursday, June 21, 2018, 3:42 PM

Rail link between North and South stations could cost up to $21 billion

The cheapest version of a rail link between North and South station would run about $12.3 billion, and a more extensive version could cost about $21.5 billion, according to a draft study by the MBTA. The T's analysis, pursued with the consultant Arup, dwarfs the figures in a study publicized...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 9:23 AM

$10 parking fees part of MBTA plan that hopes to collect $8.5M from public

Drivers who park and ride from MBTA facilities during the work week will pay steeper prices at the more popular garages but could receive discounts at underused lots, under a policy adopted by the MBTA control board that will go into effect Aug. 1. Weekday prices will rise from $7 to $10 at three...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 9:25 AM

In reversal, Gov. Baker not sending flight crew to southern border

In a sudden reversal, Gov. Charlie Baker's administration on Monday canceled its plan to send Massachusetts National Guard members and equipment to the southwestern U.S. border in light of the federal government's "inhumane" practice of separating undocumented children from their...

Monday, June 18, 2018, 2:17 PM

Gov. Baker gets 'C' in environmental report card

A coalition of environmental groups, for the third year in a row, has awarded the Baker administration a passing but average grade for its environmental protection efforts, knocking officials for not moving the needle from year to year. Grades in the report card, issued by six groups, range from...

Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 9:44 AM

On eve of marijuana legalization, impaired driving panel just getting started

With legal marijuana sales expected to begin within a month, the commission that is supposed to make recommendations to prevent operating under the influence of marijuana and impaired driving is slated to meet for the first time Wednesday. The Special Commission on Operating Under the Influence...

Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 9:36 AM

Walsh, big-city mayors launch major renewable energy plan

Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles and other major cities have joined Boston and other cities to explore a potentially massive renewable energy procurement, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Thursday at a climate summit. At the International Mayors Climate Summit in Boston, Walsh urged other mayors to...

Thursday, June 7, 2018, 2:08 PM

MBTA approves early morning, late night bus service pilot

Early-morning bus trips and more frequent late night trips are scheduled to begin in September under a $1.2 million pilot proposal that the MBTA Control Board approved on Monday. The new service would primarily serve cities north of Boston, including Chelsea, Malden and Revere, and neighborhoods...

Monday, June 4, 2018, 3:32 PM

Mass. sending chopper, soldiers to southwest border to support Trump's immigration effort

The Massachusetts National Guard will be sending a helicopter and a two-person flight crew to the southwestern border later this month to support President Donald Trump's mission to curb illegal border crossings and drug trafficking by leaning on states for support, according to officials. The...

Monday, June 4, 2018, 10:25 AM

Gov. Baker will seek greater penalties for serial sex offenders

As the case of a convicted child rapist who is set to be released from prison continues to make headlines, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday that he plans to file legislation shortly to increase penalties for serial sex offenders. Wayne Chapman was sentenced in 1977 to serve 30 years in prison for...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 4:02 PM

Building a barrier in Boston Harbor 'doesn't make sense:' Report

Building a barrier across Boston Harbor to protect the city from flooding would be "not prudent," according to a new study which instead recommends focusing attention on land-based coastal protection efforts like berms, walls and zoning policy. The report, which the Sustainable Solutions...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 9:52 AM

Massachusetts House speaker sweeps sports betting off 2018 legislative table

House Speaker Robert DeLeo all but dashed the dreams of sports betting enthusiasts hoping that Massachusetts lawmakers might move quickly to capitalize on the newly legal industry, indicating Wednesday that he intended to take his time making a decision on whether to embrace sports gambling. The U...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 3:57 PM

First same-sex marriages in US were 14 years ago today in Massachusetts

Thursday marks the 14th anniversary of the first same-sex marriages in the United States, which took place here in Massachusetts. According to data obtained by the News Service, there have been 32,469 same-sex marriages performed in Massachusetts since May 17, 2004, based on numbers that run...

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 10:05 AM