Latest Massachusetts state government News

Ex-trooper allegedly went on cruise, claimed to be at work

Jan. 28, 2020 12:15 PM EST

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A retired Massachusetts State Police lieutenant who has denied stealing holiday pay claimed to be working while he was on a cruise, according to court documents. David Andrade, 47, of Westport, is accused of stealing over $11,500 in holiday pay he had not earned, including a period...

Chipotle fined $1.3M over thousands of child labor abuses

Jan. 27, 2020 10:47 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Chipotle was hit with a $1.3 million fine over more than 13,000 child labor violations at its Massachusetts restaurants, the state's attorney general announced Monday. Attorney General Maura Healey ordered the largest child labor penalty ever issued by the state against the Mexican restaurant...

Bill would curb nondisclosure agreements in sex harassment

Jan. 27, 2020 6:24 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News anchor whose sexual harassment lawsuit led to the downfall of Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes, joined state lawmakers in Massachusetts on Monday to push a bill to curtail the use of nondisclosure agreements in cases of sexual harassment. Carlson, whose...

Ex-Fox anchor Carlson to highlight non-disclosure agreements

Jan. 26, 2020 2:50 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The former Fox News anchor whose sexual harassment lawsuit led to the downfall of then-Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes is scheduled to visit the Massachusetts Statehouse to highlight the continued use of non-disclosure agreements. Gretchen Carlson, whose lawsuit is included in the film...

Lawmakers to hold public hearing on Baker health care bill

Jan. 26, 2020 9:08 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are planning to hold a public hearing this week for a sweeping bill filed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker that would overhaul the state's health care system. Baker said the bill would cut down the hidden costs that currently blindside consumers while requiring walk-in...

Ex-trooper denies collecting pay for holidays he didn't work

Jan. 25, 2020 4:48 PM EST

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A retired Massachusetts State Police lieutenant has pleaded not guilty to collecting more than $11,500 in holiday pay he had not earned. David Andrade, 47, of Westport, was released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty Friday in Fall River Superior Court to larceny...

Massachusetts sets early voting days in presidential primary

Jan. 24, 2020 4:15 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts voters will for the first time be able to cast ballots early in a presidential primary — a move that may help boost turnout. Residents will be able to start voting as early as Feb. 24 and continue early voting through Feb. 28. No excuse is required to cast an early vote....

Senate bills would dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions

Jan. 23, 2020 4:00 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate unveiled bills Thursday that Democratic leaders say will help dramatically reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions over the next few decades. The transitioning of cars, trucks and buses to carbon-free electric power and the jump-starting of efforts to supply...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, center, delivers his state of the state address in the House Chamber as Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, behind left, and Senate President Karen Spilka, right, look on, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, at the Statehouse in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Massachusetts governor releases $44.6B state budget proposal

Jan. 22, 2020 2:56 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker released a $44.6 billion state budget proposal Wednesday that would tack on an extra fee for ride-hailing trips and modernize the way the state collects taxes. The spending plan for the 2021 fiscal year that begins July 1 would also create a new oversight board of the...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, center, waves at the conclusion of his state of the state address in the House Chamber, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, at the Statehouse, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Gov. Baker outlines goals in State of Commonwealth address

Jan. 21, 2020 8:40 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker said he wants to dramatically reduce the state's reliance on polluting fuels while expanding housing opportunities and upgrading the state's public transportation system. Baker outlined the goals Tuesday during his State of the Commonwealth address at the Massachusetts...