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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..…
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.
Baker's financial team says this year's state budget is about $768-million in the red…
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.
They've pegged the number at just under $25...
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 th…
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.
Baker released a series of economic proposals on Monday while beginning a statewide campaign …
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 neg…
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...
Mass. House Approves Limited Tax Amnesty Plan
The Massachusetts House has approved a limited tax amnesty program for delinquent taxpayers.
The House voted overwhelmingly on Monday to add the measure, sponsored by Republican leader Brad Jones, as an amendment to the state's $36.2 billion budget for the state fiscal year that begins on July 1…

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