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Group Withdraws Minimum Wage Referendum

A group pushing for an increase in the state's minimum wage is ending its bid to put a question on the November state ballot.

Raise Up Massachusetts said Monday the ballot question is no longer necessary since the Legislature has approved a bill that would raise the $8-per-hour minimum wage to $11 by 2017

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$78.5 Million Earmarked For New Bedford In Pending Bond Bill

A number of New Bedford's headliner projects would see improvements under a $1.6 billion Environmental Bond bill just passed in a house committee.

Representative Antonio Cabral, Chairman of the Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets, says the bill now goes from his committee to the house Ways and Means Committee, with $78

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Mass. US House Delegation Seeking To End Shutdown

Massachusetts' all-Democratic U.S. House delegation is calling on Republican Speaker John Boehner to allow a vote on a resolution to end the government shutdown.

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Plenty on Mass. Legislature’s To-Do List in Fall

State lawmakers will have plenty on their plates when they ramp up activity after Labor Day.

The House and Senate have not met formally since the end of July.

Among the high-profile issues the Legislature is likely to grapple with in the fall are gun control, welfare reform and proposals to increase the minimum wage

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Revenue Shortfall Prompts Gov. Patrick to Order Budget Cuts

Gov. Deval Patrick has ordered spending cuts across state government in response to slower-than-expected growth in state tax collections.
 
    Patrick said Tuesday that his administration is revising its revenue estimate downward by $540 million for the fiscal year that started on July 1

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Massachusetts Republicans Hoping For Gains In Legislature

Massachusetts Republicans are heavily outnumbered in both houses of the Legislature and face an uphill fight adding to their ranks in the coming election. 

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