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With police support, Senate to debate gun bill Thursday
01-29-2024 4:21 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — A wide-ranging, police-endorsed gun reform bill rolled out by Senate Democrats late last week could be headed for a vote as soon as Thursday. The measure is likely to generate considerable opposition among firearm owners.After months of...


Sunlight Act on move, targeting legislature and governor
01-28-2024 10:02 AM

By MICHAEL P. NORTON

BOSTON — While the bill has a long path ahead of it, advocates for more government transparency are encouraged that a House-Senate committee on Tuesday gave a favorable report to a bill whose sponsors say it will bring needed “sunlight” to the...


Massachusetts tourism officials eye historic opportunities
01-24-2024 3:16 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

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 tourism...


Ballot Law Commission tosses Trump challenge
01-22-2024 8:52 PM

By Chris Lisinski

BOSTON – A Massachusetts panel on Monday unanimously denied an effort to remove former President Donald Trump’s name from the Republican presidential primary ballot.The State Ballot Law Commission dismissed a challenge that alleged Trump is ineligible...


Crush of testimony reflects seriousness of state’s housing crisis
01-19-2024 11:21 AM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — The Healey administration’s plan to supercharge housing production with billions of dollars of investment won some degree of praise from almost every corner of the state this week, but influential voices are at odds over some of the more...


Healey spells out 2024 vision for state In State of the Commonwealth
01-18-2024 9:23 AM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — Beleaguered public transit, K-12 education, and the growing climate and clean energy technology sector would all get major boosts in state funding under Gov. Maura Healey’s vision for the year ahead.In a State of the Commonwealth speech...


MEMA chief: Weather delivering more ‘gap disasters’
01-15-2024 9:32 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 emergencies.Many of the disasters that have...


House adopts revenge porn, survivor protection bill
01-11-2024 5:59 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — For the second straight legislative term, the House unanimously approved legislation Wednesday aimed at closing a “loophole” that makes Massachusetts one of only two states without a clear, enforceable ban on revenge porn.Representatives...


Mass Senate pushes for free community college
01-11-2024 5:58 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — “Keep your eyes peeled” for free community college funding in the Senate’s version of the fiscal year 2025 budget, Senate President Karen Spilka said Wednesday.Making community college free for every Massachusetts resident could cost the...


Healey resets state budget outlook downward
01-08-2024 4:44 PM

By SAM DORAN

BOSTON — Gov. Maura Healey and her budget team hit the reset button Monday, announcing a plan to cut $375 million from the current year’s budget amid flagging tax collections, to downgrade the amount of tax revenue expected this budget year by $1...


‘Wake-up call’: Food insecurity in Mass. up nearly 50%
12-29-2023 2:21 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

Between 2021 and 2023, the number of Massachusetts residents living in food-insecure households increased by close to 50%, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.A Hunger Free America analysis of USDA data shows that 363,433 Bay...


Now free for some, community colleges see enrollment climb
12-26-2023 7:51 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI and SAM DRYSDALE

HOLYOKE — At Holyoke Community College this fall, 3,706 students are enrolled and receiving credits for classes they are taking. That’s a 4.4% increase over the 3,550 students at the college in the fall of 2022.The jump in enrollment mirrors what is...


Judge: Goldberg may pursue disciplinary meeting with suspended CCC chair O’Brien
12-26-2023 11:58 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — A Superior Court judge ruled Friday that Treasurer Deborah Goldberg can go ahead with the meeting that could lead to the firing of suspended Cannabis Control Commission Chairwoman Shannon O’Brien and also cautioned the parties that “political...


Warren amplifies push for Healey housing bill
12-19-2023 4:04 PM

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
12-18-2023 10:43 AM

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...


DPH backs supervised drug sites as ‘lifelines’ in addiction crisis
12-13-2023 1:04 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — The state’s drug overdose crisis is persisting at record high levels, exacerbated by a “poisoned drug supply” that isn’t just affecting those who use opioids anymore.There were 2,323 confirmed and estimated fatal opioid-related overdoses...


School shootings driving Beacon Hill push for door locking devices
12-12-2023 11:33 AM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — There have been 317 school shootings in the United States so far this year, exceeding last year’s record-breaking number, according to the K-12 School Shooting Database.Responding to a sharp rise in school shooting incidents since 2010,...


Family shelter placements more than doubled under Healey
12-10-2023 7:00 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — While lawmakers on Beacon Hill have deliberated over sending aid to the state’s emergency assistance system, the number of families that are finding safe housing in those shelters has grown by 105 percent in the last eleven months, according...


Economist: Workforce shortages here to stay
12-06-2023 12:10 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — The workforce shortage that has left employers across sectors scrambling to keep operations running in recent years isn’t likely to let up “any time in the rest of anybody’s lifetime,” one of the nation’s leading economists recdently...


Healey gets, signs overdue $3.1 billion closeout budget
12-05-2023 1:24 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — After weeks of legislative procrastination, parliamentary delays and finger-pointing, a $3.1 billion spending bill packed with money for the stretched-thin emergency shelter system and public worker raises landed on Gov. Maura Healey’s desk...

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