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Poll: Mass. voters open to housing crisis solutions
06-03-2024 2:46 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

The major housing policy and bond bill expected to pass the House this week includes ideas that have the support of a majority of Massachusetts residents across demographic and political groups, like allowing people to build accessory dwellings on...

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Feds propose high heat work standards
07-03-2024 2:51 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

The federal government has proposed the first national safety standard meant to keep workers safe from excessive heat in the workplace and has made $1 billion available to hundreds of projects — including 30 in Massachusetts — that try to mitigate...


Senate approves housing bill that blends policy, financing
06-28-2024 4:56 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — Before voting late Thursday night to pass a housing policy and borrowing bill that many say could turn the tides of the housing market, senators adopted an amendment that would prohibit most home purchase offers that are conditioned on the...


Poll logs support for medical aid in dying
06-04-2024 5:00 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — Two-thirds of Massachusetts adults support giving certain terminally ill patients the legal option to end their lives with a doctor’s prescription, according to a poll that gauged residents on a controversial policy Massachusetts voters...


Home sales in state, Franklin County spring to life in April
05-27-2024 3:01 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — There were 3,100 single-family homes sold in Massachusetts last month, and while that number alone may not mean much to those still looking for an affordable home, it may represent a glimmer of hope — it was the largest year-over-year...


Healey weighs in on campus safety, protests
04-24-2024 9:08 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

As tensions simmer around college campus protests and university responses, Gov. Maura Healey gave a mostly muted response Tuesday to the proliferation of pro-Palestinian encampments, saying “there has to be” space for both protest and Jewish student...


Prices up, sales down in early spring housing market
04-18-2024 9:51 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

The signs of spring are all around: the days are getting warmer, baseball is back and Massachusetts home prices are setting records as demand continues to outpace the inventory of houses for sale.The real estate analysts at The Warren Group reported...


New fed rules may force Mass. action on PFAS
04-12-2024 11:11 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

State regulators say nearly 200 water systems across Massachusetts — including towns, schools and hospitals — will likely need to take some action to comply with new federal limits on “forever chemicals” in drinking water.The U.S. Environmental...


UMass trustees OK 2.5% tuition increase across system
04-04-2024 9:42 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON – The University of Massachusetts has taken a step toward hiking tuition and room and board charges for the next academic year, but some trustees said Wednesday the proposed increases are not high enough and one said the status quo would be...


Healey: Let’s focus on those facing MCAS hurdle
03-19-2024 5:36 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — Gov. Maura Healey’s team is looking into what more the state can do to help high school students who do not pass the MCAS exam, but she gave voice Tuesday to her opposition to a potential ballot question that would force the state to stop...


Home sales flat, price up ahead of spring market
03-19-2024 4:03 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — What difference can a year make? When it comes to home sales in Massachusetts, the answer is about $50,000.There were 2,042 single-family homes sold in Massachusetts in February, the exact same number of sales as in February 2023. But...


Sunshine Week meets shade on Beacon Hill
03-15-2024 10:35 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote in 1913 that “sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants,” and Massachusetts residents on both ends of the political spectrum agreed this week that Beacon Hill could stand to open the...


State Cannabis Control Commission looks to have new director by summer
03-11-2024 2:31 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — Aiming to have its new executive director on board by this summer, the state Cannabis Control Commission spent hours last week crafting the contours of the job and detailing what qualities a successful applicant will demonstrate.The CCC has...


Crash data points to ‘crisis’ on Mass. roads
02-29-2024 7:01 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

Safety on Massachusetts roadways is “at a crisis level,” the state highway administrator told lawmakers this week as he detailed steps the Department of Transportation has taken to try to prevent some of the most dangerous and deadly situations and to...


Lottery launching ‘Jaws’ ticket into its pool
02-28-2024 12:01 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

With no significant jackpots at stake last month, sales at the Massachusetts Lottery were down nearly $34 million compared to last January, the agency’s head reported to the Lottery Commission on Tuesday.Executive Director Mark William Bracken said...


Ratepayers fed up with high energy costs
02-27-2024 10:37 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — From the edge of the Atlantic Ocean in Lynn to the state’s western border in Richmond, people in Massachusetts are letting the state know how they feel about wallet-busting energy bills.“I struggle to pay my bills, my electric runs $250 a...


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...


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...


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...


January tax slump in Massachusetts creates new budget pressure
02-06-2024 2:19 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — Having already made mid-year budget cuts and dimmed the outlook for tax collections through June based on six consecutive months of underwhelming receipts, the state reported Monday that tax revenue came in below even downgraded expectations...


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...

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