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Shelter money fading, but ‘not at the end of the line’
04-19-2024 9:15 AM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — State dollars for the emergency family shelter system are dwindling, and restaurateurs who for years enjoyed expanded outdoor dining and the ability to sell drinks to go remain “in limbo” amid a sustained period of legislative...

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State legislators leery of ballot question ending MCAS graduation requirement
03-05-2024 3:36 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — Over more than three hours of discussion about a proposal to stop using MCAS exam scores as a high school graduation requirement, lawmakers kept returning to one specific question: If the ballot measure were passed, how would Massachusetts...


Decision time nearing on state’s to-go cocktails policy
02-28-2024 12:45 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — The industry group representing package stores signaled this week that it’s ready to “beg” lawmakers to end the authorization for takeaway drinks, a pandemic-era policy allowing many bars and restaurants to sell beer, wine and cocktails to...


Local officials tout governor’s municipal tax plan as ‘very exciting’
02-13-2024 4:16 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — Gov. Maura Healey’s proposal to give cities and towns new tax-hike authority would provide “game-changers” at the local level, especially for less populated areas, one mayor said Tuesday.A bill Healey filed last month would offer...


US growth lifts confidence of Massachusetts employers
02-07-2024 10:31 AM

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...


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...


Healey budget raises state spending by $2.1 billion — most of that from surtax
01-25-2024 7:49 AM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — The Healey administration wants to tap new revenue sources and keep spending growth somewhat constrained in a $58.15 billion state budget that officials pitched as putting Massachusetts on a “glide path” toward potentially better financial...


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...


Healey going big with early care investments
01-16-2024 4:21 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — Gov. Maura Healey will press for major investments into the long-strained early education and care sector despite her administration’s muted forecast for state finances, pitching the spending as an economic and competitive necessity.Healey on...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Feds shift vehicle repair law into gear
08-27-2023 10:47 AM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

State and federal regulators appear to have made a breakthrough to move forward with a voter-approved vehicle repair data law after legal battles and safety concerns stalled its implementation.A bit more than two months after the National Highway...


Pork producers ready to challenge voter law in court
08-14-2023 1:08 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — A group of pork producers who want to block new livestock regulations in Massachusetts will get a chance to go before a judge, but not until after many of the new policies that were already targeted in a prior lawsuit take effect.U.S....


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...

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