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Most intense decarbonization period nearing: 2025 – 2030
12-03-2023 3:00 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...


Audit-the-Legislature campaign claims signature success
11-22-2023 12:05 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

Auditor Diana DiZoglio and her hodgepodge of political allies took a major step toward asking voters for the authority to probe the Legislature, announcing that they gathered enough signatures to remain on track for a 2024 ballot question.The ballot...


Panel throws up hands over new state seal after three-year effort
11-19-2023 2:39 PM

By SAM DORAN

BOSTON — Nearly three years after the Legislature tasked a panel with recommending changes to the state seal and motto, the group prepared to disband this week by asking to shift its unfinished work onto Secretary of State William Galvin’s office.The...


Rent control supporters end ballot quest in Mass. 
11-13-2023 3:06 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

Voters will not be asked next year whether Massachusetts should revive local-option rent control after organizers working on a 2024 ballot question suspended their campaign late Friday.After facing pushback from other housing justice and progressive...


Healey unveils ‘historic’ HERO bill to expand supports for veterans
11-10-2023 5:06 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Calling it “historic,” Gov. Maura Healey unveiled legislation this week — timed to coincide with Veterans Day — that will increase benefits, modernize services and promote inclusivity for hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts veterans.Filed...


Senate will press for prescription drug cost relief
11-09-2023 5:06 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — Patients would pay no more than $25 for certain name-brand medications to treat some chronic illnesses and face no costs whatsoever for similar generic options under the latest prescription drug legislation set to emerge in the Senate.Senate...


Concrete getting pulled into state’s carbon battle
11-05-2023 8:27 AM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — As lawmakers look at regulating building and infrastructure materials in pursuit of the state’s emission reduction goals, the concrete industry wants to been seen as a partner, not a foe, in the effort to make Massachusetts greener.New York...


AG sides with Legislature in DiZoglio audit battle
11-03-2023 5:02 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — While voters may have the final say, top House and Senate Democrats said a new decision from Attorney General Andrea Campbell reinforces their opinion that the state auditor lacks the “statutory or constitutional authority to audit any other...


Judge clears way for immediate family shelter cap
11-02-2023 6:03 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — A Superior Court judge on Wednesday denied a request to put a temporary hold on the Healey administration’s plan to cap the number of families in the state’s strained emergency shelter system.The decision followed an emergency court hearing...


State issues guidance to address diversity on college campuses
10-23-2023 5:11 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Two of the state’s top elected officials are encouraging colleges and universities in Massachusetts to find new approaches to “advance diversity, break down barriers, and increase access for historically underrepresented groups” in light of...


Bills seeks to allow spouses to be paid caregivers
10-20-2023 10:24 AM

By Alison Kuznitz

BOSTON — People could be paid to act as caregivers to spouses with disabilities under proposals promoted at a legislative hearing Monday to address the state’s shortage of personal care attendants.A slew of family members — including children,...


Healey unveils historic $4B housing plan, includes WMass stop to tout measure
10-18-2023 6:52 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Framing her new legislation as “historic” and “urgent,” Gov. Maura Healey detailed a wide-ranging $4 billion-plus housing bill Wednesday at several stops throughout the state, including Springfield, and speculated that its passage could...


State’s shelter system nears capacity; Healey picks Southampton resident to help lead emergency crisis
10-16-2023 6:12 PM

By Sam Drysdale

BOSTON — As the state moves into a “new phase” of its ongoing emergency shelter crisis, Gov. Maura Healey is turning to a Southampton resident for help.The governor announced Monday that she has appointed Lt. General Leon Scott Rice, former director...


MCAS results show progress, but pandemic impacts linger
09-22-2023 9:41 AM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Students are still performing well below pre-pandemic levels on the latest batch of statewide standardized test results, though education department officials say the scores show that the “achievement slide” from COVID-19 “has halted and...


Mass. lawmakers: Immigrants can plug gaping labor force holes
09-21-2023 7:55 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

With Massachusetts straining under an overburdened emergency shelter system and staring down a shortfall of workers, a group of more than 60 Bay State lawmakers is sending a letter urging the White House and Congress to work with haste to find a...


Board to connect discharged vets with state benefits
09-21-2023 12:59 PM

By SAM DORAN

Gov. Maura Healey on Wednesday swore in the members of a new state board set to help get state benefits flowing to veterans who were denied an honorable discharge because of the U.S. military’s former “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.The reception in...


Mass home sales down sharply in 2023
09-19-2023 11:21 PM

By MICHAEL P. NORTON

BOSTON — With buyers facing rising prices and interest rates, home sales in Massachusetts have plummeted nearly 25% over the first eight months of 2023.The Warren Group on Tuesday reported that the median single-family home sale price increased 6.2%...


State education board updates sex-health ed frameworks
09-19-2023 4:36 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Massachusetts students will receive sex and health education that is intended to be more inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community and teach about bodily autonomy, mental and emotional health, dating safety, nutrition, sexually transmitted infections...


Healey bill pours $250 million more into shelter crisis
09-18-2023 6:00 AM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — Gov. Maura Healey has proposed using nearly $300 million in one-time funds to infuse the state’s strained emergency assistance shelter system and close a tax revenue shortfall.Healey filed a more than $2 billion budget last week to close the...


Goldberg suspends Cannabis Control Commission Chairwoman Shannon O’Brien
09-15-2023 5:19 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — Cannabis Control Commission Chairwoman Shannon O’Brien was suspended from her position Thursday by Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, who chose her for the job a year ago, as upheaval continues to collide with the CCC’s hefty regulatory and policy...

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