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Polls find Massachusetts voters locked in on immigration issue
02-09-2024 4:06 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

Two polls released this week gave mixed signals regarding voters’ feelings about the job Gov. Maura Healey is doing and the level of support for Nikki Haley here ahead of next month’s presidential primary, but what was clear from both surveys was that...

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Legislative meetings, host community agreements on pot regulators’ minds
02-13-2024 3:54 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

From lawmakers to business operators to municipal officials, there’s been a lot of interest lately in the work underway at the Cannabis Control Commission.Most of the headlines involving the agency have been about the months-long legal saga between...


Judge denies O’Brien appeal in Cannabis Control Commission case
02-07-2024 4:19 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — An Appeals Court judge on Tuesday rejected suspended Cannabis Control Commission Chair Shannon O’Brien’s petition, once again clearing the way for Treasurer Deborah Goldberg to schedule a meeting that could lead to O’Brien’s firing.Superior...


US growth lifts confidence of Massachusetts employers
02-05-2024 2:42 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

Massachusetts businesses kicked off the new year with a sunny disposition.Business confidence among employers surveyed by Associated Industries of Massachusetts rose in January to an 11-month high. The business trade group attributed the boost to...


Opioid settlements announced with two companies
02-03-2024 3:09 PM

By MICHAEL P. NORTON

Massachusetts will receive $8 million to address the opioid crisis as part of a $350 million national settlement with Publicis Health.Attorney General Andrea Campbell announced the settlement locally, saying it resolves the state’s litigation against...


Healey forms two new housing advisory panels
02-01-2024 2:15 PM

By SAM DORAN

As part of her push to boost housing supply, Gov. Maura Healey swore in around 30 members of two panels this week, bringing together groups like developers and builders, advocates for the homeless and people with disabilities, and local officials.A...


Bill targets underenrollment disparities in AP courses
01-31-2024 4:53 PM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

BOSTON — Aiming to strengthen participation in advanced classes among Black and Latino high school students, lawmakers sought to build momentum Tuesday for a framework that would streamline how public colleges accept AP credits.Redrafted legislation...


With police support, Senate to debate gun bill next week
01-27-2024 10:56 AM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — Senate Democrats rolled out a wide-ranging gun reform bill Thursday, targeting a vote in one week on a police-endorsed measure that is likely to generate considerable opposition among firearm owners.After months of closed-door talks between...


Healey budget raises spending by $2.1B for FY25
01-24-2024 6:19 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — The second annual state budget bill from Gov. Maura Healey proposes $58.15 billion in total spending, suggesting comparably modest growth over prior years, and a bevy of cost-control maneuvers in an attempt to navigate an increasingly...


Healey, other governors push feds on immigration
01-24-2024 12:23 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

Gov. Maura Healey joined eight counterparts from other states in a new plea for federal immigration action, including funding to support states that have spent billions of dollars placing new migrant arrivals into emergency shelters.Nine governors,...


Taxes on hotels, meals, vehicles could rise under Healey plan
01-22-2024 3:30 PM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

BOSTON — Days before unveiling her fiscal year 2025 budget plan and with state tax collections weakening, Gov. Maura Healey announced her intention to boost state aid to cities and towns and give municipalities the ability to raise certain taxes.The...


Massachusetts tourism officials eye historic opportunities
01-21-2024 12:37 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Last month’s Boston Tea Party anniversary celebration was “just the tip of the iceberg” as Massachusetts prepares to leverage a series of upcoming historical anniversaries to market the state and draw in millions of tourists, the state’s top...


Healey will target cities for new child care aid
01-16-2024 11:13 AM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — Gov. Maura Healey will press forward in her annual state budget with major investments into early education and child care despite her administration’s own forecast of limited revenue growth.Healey announced Tuesday that she will propose...


Mass. home sales plunge to 12-year low 
01-16-2024 8:19 AM

By MICHAEL P. NORTON

Home sales across Massachusetts sank to a 12-year low in 2023, the first year in office for Gov. Maura Healey, whose road to the corner office was paved with promises to boldly tackle the state’s housing crisis.The Warren Group reported Tuesday that...


MEMA chief: Weather delivering more ‘gap disasters’
01-15-2024 10:28 AM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — The climate crisis is fueling a steady growth in the intensity and frequency of extreme weather, and Massachusetts cities and towns face an increasingly common conundrum trying to respond to those crises.Many of the disasters that have hit...


Overhaul urged for Massachusetts disaster response
01-10-2024 1:01 PM

By SAM DORAN

As towns and cities see a rise in natural disasters that require greater emergency response than their local resources can support alone, two western Massachusetts lawmakers renewed their call Tuesday to divert a portion of excess capital gains tax...


Healey reflects on first year as governor
12-24-2023 1:00 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE AND CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — Her first year in office is winding down, and Gov. Maura Healey is enthusiastic to point out where she thinks she has succeeded: signing into law a billion-dollar tax relief package, overseeing a hiring blitz at the MBTA, and creating a...


Warren amplifies push for Healey housing bill
12-19-2023 11:20 AM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren threw her weight behind Gov. Maura Healey’s housing plan this week, and said the federal government will need to “step up” to help the state address its housing affordability and availability crisis.As many as...


House approves paid time off for Election Day voting
12-17-2023 2:02 PM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

BOSTON — Seeking to remove more barriers to voting, the House approved legislation last week allowing employees to take paid time off on Election Day to cast their ballots in person.Without discussion, lawmakers passed the bill (H 4217) during an...


State order seeks to limit natural gas pipelines, mains
12-08-2023 5:09 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — After more than three years of considering the future of the natural gas industry in Massachusetts and what role it can play in the state’s efforts to significantly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions over the next three decades, the...


State keeps pace with climate goals
12-04-2023 2:49 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

On the route to decarbonization, the state is so far on target with its goals, the Healey administration says, but there is more work to be done with the most intense period of rapid decarbonization quickly approaching.Gov. Maura Healey’s...

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