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Tax on pot could generate $100M annually: Officials

Massachusetts revenue officials are expecting a pretty high return when retail marijuana sales begin next summer.The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy held its inaugural hearing on Monday, and officials estimated that taxes on recreational pot could bring in more than $100 million...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 6:53am

MBTA floats options amid backlash over potential service cuts

Last week, MBTA officials presented the tough medicine the agency could take to zero-out its $42 million structural deficit, including slashing weekend commuter rail trips and special service for disabled passengers.On Monday, MBTA officials offered up some options that might make the paratransit...

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 4:39pm

Pro-pot lobby prepared to spend more to defend Massachusetts law

Marijuana advocates spent millions of dollars to put a legal marijuana law in place in Massachusetts last year, and indicated Monday they are willing to spend more to protect the law approved by almost 1.8 million voters.Beacon Hill leaders have made clear they intend to change the law —parts of...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 11:46am

Men more likely to be victims of frauds, scams: Report

Digital natives who grew up after the birth of the Internet are more susceptible to a variety of scams intended to drain cash from victims with emailed promises of money orders, according to a recent study, and it is older men who more often fall prey to phony tales of romance, investments and...

Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 7:45pm

Abortion opponents upset with Gov. Baker's comments on Planned Parenthood funding

With Congress talking about blocking federal funding to Planned Parenthood and Gov. Charlie Baker vowing to use state dollars to plug any holes, anti-abortion activists tried unsuccessfully Wednesday to confront the Republican governor over his support for the women's health organization.Carrying...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 12:07pm

State treasurer asks feds for clarity on pot legalization

As Massachusetts continues its legal pot rollout, itstop marijuana regulator wants answers from the Trump Administration after it hinted at a federal crackdown on recreational marijuana.In a March 7letter to Attorney General Jeff Session, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg asked point blank whether the new...

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 11:10am

State should cover early voting costs: Auditor

Massachusetts cities and towns spent an estimated $720,000 to comply with the state’s new early voting law, and the state auditor says the government should be on the hook for the tab.When Massachusetts introduced early voting for the November general election, the state required all cities and...

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 5:24pm

Jay Gonzalez is first to announce bid for Massachusetts governor

Jay Gonzalez, a Democrat from Newton and a former state budget chief, has announced his candidacy for governor.Gonzalez, 46, becomes the first person to challenge Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican who is in his first term. The election is still 21 months away.In a statement Monday announcing his...

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 1:33pm

Baker eyes penalties for companies that don't offer healthcare

Companies that do not offer their employees health insurance would pay a $2,000 annual assessment per full-time worker to the state under a plan Gov. Charlie Baker intends to offer later this month to blunt the impact of escalating, enrollment-driven costs in the state's Medicaid program, the State...

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 1:16pm

MBTA warehouse outsourcing to save millions

The MBTA's oversight board voted unanimously Monday to outsource the T's warehousing and parts-delivery operations to a Virginia-based company under a five-year, $28.4 million contract.The move to outsource the T's warehouse to Mancon Inc. is expected to generate $25.4 million in operational...

Monday, January 9, 2017 - 5:25pm

No, you can't 'gift' pot for money in Massachusetts, police say

After lawmakers deterred the opening of retail marijuana shops by an additional six months last week, one apparent dealer decided to take potsales online.RELATED: Lawmakers pass bill to delay legal pot sales in MassachusettsGoing only by the name "Corey," a Craigslist user posted an ad titled “Bud...

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 5:37pm

11 issues to watch out for in the Massachusetts Legislature in 2017

The Massachusetts Legislature opens its new session Wednesday and lawmakers are expected to delve into such weighty issues as criminalreforms, ethics laws and education.Here are 11 things to look out for in 2017:1. Pot politics:After voters legalized recreational marijuana in November, the...

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 12:43pm

Massachusetts governor signs measure delaying opening of marijuana retail shops

Gov. Charlie Baker signed a measure on Friday delaying by six months the opening of marijuana retail dispensaries as pro-marijuana groups gatheredoutsidethe Massachusetts State House on Friday to protest the move.The opening of the retail dispensaries was set to take place in January 2018, but...

Friday, December 30, 2016 - 12:37pm

Baker says he will attend Trump inaguration

Gov. Charlie Baker said that he will attend President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, even though the Republican governor did not vote forthe Republican candidate.“It happens once every four years and as governor of the Commonwealth, with an invitation like that, I plan to honor it,” Baker said...

Friday, December 30, 2016 - 9:40am

Sgt. Santa brings holiday cheer to sick children at MGH

The holidays came early to thepediatric unit at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.And with the holiday cheer, came hundreds of presents for dozens of children who are fighting illnesses.The presents, raised by current and retired local military members, were handed out as part of the annual...

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 9:40pm

Massachusetts lawsuit alleges Baker administration denied shelter to homeless mothers

Gov. Charlie Baker has long worked on an effort to reduce the number of families staying in motels at state taxpayer expense.Now, five mothers struggling with finding housing have filed a lawsuit against the Baker administration, alleging that Massachusetts illegally denied housing to its most...

Friday, December 16, 2016 - 9:02pm

Baker avoids layoffs after 900 take buyouts

The Baker administration will not seek government layoffs to address a persistent budget gap after 900 employees took a buyout offer resulting in $12 million in payroll savings this fiscal year and a projected $70 million in fiscal 2018.The results of the buyout program, which was offered by Baker...

Friday, December 16, 2016 - 12:23am

Eversource invests in new offshore wind project

Eversource Energy is moving into the offshore wind energy picture in Massachusetts.In January 2015, the company's predecessor, Northeast Utilities, was one of two utilities that terminated their power purchase agreements with Cape Wind, an energy project planned for Nantucket Sound that has never...

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 10:17pm

Baker to slash $98 million from state budget

Lurching from one budget problem to another, Gov. Charlie Baker acted Tuesday to cut $98 million from the $39.25 billion state budget in an effort to match up sluggish state revenues with likely spending, including accounts he says the legislature underfunded.Baker slashed funding for health care,...

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 8:11pm

Walsh urges students against staging anti-Trump walkout

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh urged Boston Public Schools students to push off a planned walkout and instead protest President-elect Donald Trump’s administration outside of school hours.Students are planning to walk out of classes at 1 p.m. today. Both Walsh and Boston Public Schools have said they...

Monday, December 5, 2016 - 10:58pm