Statehouse News Service

Former Babson College soccer player charged with threats after sports betting losses

As state lawmakers wrapped up two days of discussions around legalizing sports betting, the U.S. attorney announced charges against a man who allegedly made racist death threats against athletes who he thought were the cause of his own sports betting losses. U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling on...

Thursday, May 30, 2019, 4:22 PM

Amazon's Boston Seaport office breaks ground

Boston may have lost out in the competition to lure Amazon's second headquarters to the city, but the Seattle-based tech giant plans to hire 2,000 employees to work in a new Seaport office tower beginning in 2021. A rendering of the new Amazon office at 111 Harbor Way in Boston's Seaport...

Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 3:04 PM

Poll: Mass. residents fed up with transportation woes

The vast majority of Massachusetts workers experience some level of frustration and anger with their daily commutes, according to new polling that suggests residents view the state transportation system as one in "urgent" need of improvement. Voters also think that MBTA service can be more easily...

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 11:51 AM

With CCC in 'rhythm,' Mass. could see 8 new retail marijuana stores a month

About five weeks since the first non-medical marijuana stores opened in Massachusetts, the chairman of the Cannabis Control Commission said it is still too early to determine what, if any, changes need to be made to the law or regulations. During a Monday appearance on Boston Herald Radio, CCC...

Friday, December 28, 2018, 9:27 AM

Jan. 1 income tax cut worth $175M to Massachusetts workers

While there's growing talk of a possible recession, Massachusetts workers are about to receive a $175 million income tax break and there's now a possibility that the 5 percent income tax rate that voters approved in 2000 will actually happen in 2020. As the weekend got underway Friday, the...

Monday, December 17, 2018, 10:07 AM

Luis Ramirez out after just over a year as MBTA General Manager

After just more than one year managing the MBTA, Luis Ramirez is leaving the transit agency, and Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said Tuesday she has chosen MBTA control board member Steve Poftak to take over in the new year. Pollack said Poftak will start as MBTA general manager on Jan...

Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 11:00 AM

Massachusetts pot shop sales exceed $2.2M in first five days

In the first five days that retail marijuana stores were open in Massachusetts, consumers bought more than $2.2 million worth of marijuana and marijuana products.  The Cannabis Control Commission announced Tuesday afternoon that the two stores that opened last Tuesday — Cultivate in...

Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 10:07 AM

Baker, Gonzalez spar in first debate over who has vision to lead

Gov. Charlie Baker and his challenger Jay Gonzalez met in a televised debate for the first time Tuesday night, where the Republican incumbent focused on his accomplishments in his nearly four years in office and Gonzalez, a Democrat, cast himself as someone with vision to take the state beyond...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 9:22 AM

Retail pot still 'weeks away' but two Mass. companies get final licenses

Legal marijuana sales are "weeks away" in Massachusetts, the chairman of the Cannabis Control Commission said Thursday after regulators approved final business licenses for shops in Leicester and Northampton. The CCC on Thursday afternoon granted final business licenses for Cultivate...

Friday, October 5, 2018, 10:23 AM

Massachusetts nurse ballot question could cost $949M: Report

The total annual costs of a ballot question that would limit the number of patients assigned to one nurse would land between $676 million and $949 million, according to a new state analysis that cautioned those figures are likely on the conservative side. Less than five weeks before voters will...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 4:54 PM

MBTA upgrading bus-tracking technology

Within six weeks, all MBTA buses will be outfitted with new cellular/GPS vehicle trackers that T officials said will give bus riders better information about where their bus is and when they might expect it to arrive at their stop. MBTA General Manager Luis Ramirez said Monday that MBTA buses...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 2:36 PM

Hepatitis A outbreak reported by Massachusetts health officials

A public health alert about an outbreak of hepatitis A among the homeless and people addicted to drugs went out from the state to local health officials Monday after 65 cases of the virus were diagnosed, leading to one death so far. The Department of Pubic Health encouraged local health...

Monday, September 24, 2018, 2:09 PM

Recovery plan eyes gas service restoration before Thanksgiving

National Guardsmen delivering hotplates, teams of electricians, assessors, translators and plumbers, and 24,000 space heaters will arrive in the Merrimack Valley in coming days to support residents during a pipeline repair and gas restoration effort that officials said will be complete by Nov. 19...

Friday, September 21, 2018, 1:28 PM

Test lab approvals mark latest retail marijuana milestone

One of the largest roadblocks to launching the retail market for legal marijuana in Massachusetts was eliminated Thursday as the Cannabis Control Commission approved provisional licenses for two testing laboratories. Massachusetts officials had hoped to launch legal retail marijuana sales on July...

Friday, August 24, 2018, 9:50 AM

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