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For restaurants, card fees are baked in and rising
07-26-2023 4:19 PM

By Colin A. Young

BOSTON — Cash used to be king, but most diners now pay their bill with a credit or debit card, and restaurateurs told lawmakers Monday that the habit is squeezing their already-thin profit margins.Massachusetts is one of two states that does not allow...


Births in 30-and-older group down for first time in decade
07-23-2023 9:27 AM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

BOSTON — The volume of people 30 and older who gave birth decreased for the first time in 10 years during 2020, according to new data published by the Department of Public Health.The drop of 1.8% comes as overall births in Massachusetts in 2020 —...


Report: State labor crunch threatens clean energy expansion
07-21-2023 5:14 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — Massachusetts’s lofty mid-century climate goals hinge upon the state’s ability to convince residents and businesses to make the switch from fossil fuels to cleaner electric power, but success will also require tens of thousands of people to...


House ramps up pressure on gun bill, Senate
07-14-2023 12:33 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI and ALISON KUZNITZ

BOSTON — Representatives will gather in closed-door meetings next week to hold “candid discussions” about a 140-page gun reform bill that Speaker Ron Mariano wants to win House approval by the end of the month.With the omnibus bill idling amid a...


Price concessions helping Mass General Brigham curb spending
07-13-2023 9:52 AM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — One-third of the way into a first-of-its-kind mandatory campaign to curb spending, Mass General Brigham has achieved about a quarter of its savings target, state regulators said Wednesday.Mass General Brigham, an affiliate of Cooley Dickinson...


Police oversight agency reports on officer recertifications
07-13-2023 8:27 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — The deadline for the second round of law enforcement officer recertification passed about two weeks ago and the executive director of the state’s police certification agency reported Wednesday that things went “very smoothly” and that most...


Massachusetts business confidence holds in pessimistic zone
07-12-2023 10:15 AM

By ALISON KUZNITZ

BOSTON — Workforce shortages continue to hamper business confidence, with an index encompassing 140 Massachusetts employers barely showing signs of improvement in June.The 100-point scale index from the Associated Industries of Massachusetts reached...


RMV seeing big spike in learner’s permits
07-11-2023 9:12 AM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — The state has issued more than double the number of learner’s permits in the last 10 days than this time last year, after a law went into effect July 1 allowing undocumented immigrants who live in Massachusetts to apply for driver’s...


Ballot question eyed by psychedelics legalization supporters
07-10-2023 9:08 AM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — It’s been nearly seven years since Massachusetts voters endorsed legalizing recreational marijuana, so might it be time to reconsider the state’s approach toward psychedelic substances?That’s the question being weighed by a national drug...


Report: Massachusetts has ample solar power potential
07-07-2023 11:34 AM

By MICHAEL P. NORTON

BOSTON — Massachusetts has more than enough solar energy potential to support the decarbonization requirements enshrined in state laws, according to a report officials released Thursday.The Department of Energy Resources report found the state’s land...


Healey claims public records exemption on abortion pill order
07-07-2023 11:09 AM

By SAM DORAN

BOSTON — A federal judge hadn’t even ruled yet on suspending approval of the abortion pill mifepristone in April when Gov. Maura Healey orchestrated a major reserve shipment of the drug through the state’s flagship university. But despite pledges of...


Teachers could put ending MCAS graduation requirement on ballot
07-06-2023 6:58 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE and CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — Massachusetts voters could be asked to settle two major education debates in 2024, but retailers may pass on bringing tax cuts to next year’s ballot, the News Service has learned.The state’s largest teachers union is considering ballot...


New state dashboard tracks electric vehicle rollout
07-05-2023 5:16 PM

By Chris Lisinski

BOSTON — There’s a new way to track the slow but critical progress toward slashing greenhouse gas emissions on the Bay State’s roadways.The state Department of Transportation launched an interactive online dashboard compiling data about passenger...


Mass. gets high marks for EV adoption, despite sluggish rollout
07-03-2023 3:43 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — A national research group continues to see Massachusetts as ahead of the curve and improving when it comes to electric vehicle adoption, even though the Bay State has a long way to go to meet its own rollout goals.The American Council for an...


Lawmakers weigh wood-burning for energy, heat
07-03-2023 2:07 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Facilities that burn wood to create energy should not be eligible for credits under a state program that rewards generators of “clean heat,” advocates said last week, arguing that two bills would close loopholes in the state’s climate...


Massachusetts lawmakers hear pleas for location shield law
06-29-2023 1:03 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Anyone with a cellphone in their pocket can likely be tracked — to the grocery store or the gym, to work or school, to religious services or health care appointments. With prolific data available on Bay Staters’ day-to-day lives, a bill seeks...


Healey reflects on Irish roots in Dublin address
06-28-2023 2:51 PM

By AOIFE MOORE

DUBLIN — Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey on Tuesday was welcomed as a “hero and a trailblazer” to Ireland, on her first foreign trip in her new role.An emotional Healey addressed the Irish Senate, almost exactly 60 years to the day since President...


Biden admin awards $147M to expand broadband access in Massachusetts
06-26-2023 4:21 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

The federal government is sending $147 million Massachusetts’ way to expand high-speed internet in the state.The funding is part of $42 billion in federal funds announced by President Joe Biden for broadband expansion across the country on Monday from...


Enviro advocates want Massachusetts to follow the lead of 150-plus municipalities and ban single-use plastic bags
06-19-2023 3:51 PM

By SOPHIE HAUCK

BOSTON — Time’s up for single-use plastics. Or at least that remains the hope of representatives from 10 environmental organizations who gathered last week on Beacon Hill to promote bills that would ban the distribution of plastic shopping bags at...


Former Speaker Bartley, architect of landmark special ed law, dies at 88
06-15-2023 12:03 PM

By SAM DORAN

Former House Speaker David Bartley, one of the youngest lawmakers ever to lead the House and a champion of education access, died Tuesday at the age of 88.Nearly half a century passed by since Bartley’s speakership, and he was still remembered this...

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