Mass. Senate

Senate Joins House In Repealing “Tech Tax”
The Massachusetts Legislature has repealed a new tax on computer and software services that had been in effect less than two months.  
 
    Thursday's 38-0 Senate vote came a day after the House backed the repeal by a 156-1 vote...
Lawmakers Repeal Technology Tax
The Massachusetts House has approved a repeal of an unpopular new technology tax.
The House backed the repeal by a 156-1 vote when it met in a formal session Wednesday.
Gov. Deval Patrick has said he's open to repealing the tax, which state officials had estimated would generate $161 million in t…
State Lawmakers Want To Tighten Controls On Welfare Benefits
Calls to toughen oversight of Massachusetts' welfare system are growing at the Statehouse.
 
    A group of Beacon Hill lawmakers led by House and Senate Republicans are stepping up pressure on negotiators to include in the state budget restrictions designed to guarantee that …
Mass. Senate to Take Up Transportation Bill On Saturday
The state Senate has scheduled a rare Saturday session to take up a hotly-contested transportation finance bill that was approved by the House earlier in the week.
 
    The Senate had originally planned to debate the bill on Thursday, but leaders decided to give members until 5 p.…
Patrick Continues To Push Tax Plan With Lawmakers
Gov. Deval Patrick is renewing his push for new revenues to pay for transportation and education initiatives, while acknowledging concerns about his plan to raise the state income tax.
 
    The tax changes proposed by the governor, aimed at raising nearly $2 billion in the fiscal …
Compunding Pharmacies Subject Of Mass. Senate Hearing
State Senator Mark Montigny says there should have been more regulation on the Mass. Compounding Pharmacies right from the start.  One such pharmacy, the New England Compounding Center of Framingham, is being blamed for producing a tainted steroid that officials say caused  a nationwide ou…