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State Lawmakers Approve Sales Tax Holiday For Aug. 15-16

Massachusetts appears on track for another sales tax holiday.

The House on Wednesday voted 136-20 and the Senate 27-11 to suspend the state's 6.25 percent sales tax on most items during the weekend of Aug

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Ben Hellerstein speaks outside Government Center In Fall River / Jim Phillips TSM
Ben Hellerstein speaks outside Government Center In Fall River / Jim Phillips TSM

Citizens Group Urges Passage Of Solar Power Incentives

Legislation has cleared the State Senate that would create more financial incentives for the use of solar power.  On Tuesday, a citizens environmental group, Environment Massachusetts, was in Fall River urging passage of the bill in the Mass

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Lawmakers Reach Agreement On Fiscal 2016 State Budget

Massachusetts House and Senate budget negotiators have reached a deal on a final version of the state spending plan for the fiscal year that began last week.

The six-member conference committee has been meeting behind closed doors for several weeks to resolve differences over the $38 billion budget

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Mass. Senate Okays Budget Shortfall Plan

A day after the Massachusetts House approved a bill to close a projected $768 million state budget shortfall, the Massachusetts Senate quickly followed suit.

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Mass. House Okays Baker’s Budget Shortfall Plan

Partisan politics did not surface in the Mass. House on Wednesday, when lawmakers, mostly all Democrats, gave near-unanimous support to a budget shortfall plan offered by Republican Governor Charlie Baker

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Budget Talks Ongoing At State House

Budget negotiators in Gov. Charlie Baker's office and the Massachusetts House and Senate have estimated how much the state is expected to collect in revenue during the next fiscal year that begins July 1

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Patrick Signs Abortion Clinic Security Bill

Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill designed to tighten security around abortion clinics in Massachusetts.

Wednesday's signing comes a little more than one month after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 2007 state law that established a protest-free 35-foot ``buffer zone'' around the entrances to abortion clinics

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Republican candidate for Governor Charlie Baker / Photo by Dina Rudick / The Boston Globe / Getty Images
Republican candidate for Governor Charlie Baker / Photo by Dina Rudick / The Boston Globe / Getty Images

Baker Supports Minimum Wage Hike

Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker is backing an increase in the state's minimum wage to $10.50 per hour, but says it should be coupled with tax breaks for individuals and small businesses

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State Senate Moves Minimum Wage Proposal Forward

The state Senate has approved a bill that would increase the state's minimum wage while also offering business-friendly changes in the state's unemployment insurance.

Thursday's action by the Senate was largely an attempt by Democratic leaders to break a procedural logjam with the House and allow negotiations to begin over an increase in the $8 per hour minimum wage, which has not changed in the past five years

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State Budget Includes Research Funding For SMAST

The Massachusetts House is giving a boost to fishery research programs at UMass Dartmouth's School of Marine Science and Technology.

Rep. Antonio Cabral of New Bedford has added an amendent to the state budget sending $450,000 to SMAST to study yellowtail flounder and cod populations

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