Latest Massachusetts state government News

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...

FILE - In a Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 file photo, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker speaks to the media after a private meeting with Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, in Providence, R.I. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has apologized for using the word “rant” to describe U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley's remarks Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, during an event honoring Martin Luther King Jr. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Baker apologizes for calling Pressley's MLK speech a 'rant'

Jan. 20, 2020 5:48 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker apologized Monday after he used the word “rant” to describe remarks from U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley at an event honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Pressley, a Boston Democrat, had delivered a speech about inequality and the unfinished fight for civil...

Gov. Baker to deliver annual state of the state address

Jan. 20, 2020 9:41 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker is preparing to deliver his annual state of the state address at a time of growing challenges for Massachusetts. Baker is expected to touch on some of those themes during his televised address Tuesday. The red hot economic boom of recent years in the eastern portion of the...

Bill would let 16 and 17-year-olds vote in local elections

Jan. 19, 2020 12:40 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing a proposal that would give cities and towns greater leeway in allowing 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in municipal elections. On Wednesday, the Joint Committee on Election Laws is planning to hold a public hearing at the Statehouse on a number of bills...

Judge: Facebook must provide info sought by Massachusetts AG

Jan. 18, 2020 7:52 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Facebook must turn over information to the Massachusetts attorney general's office regarding thousands of apps that the social media company suspects of misusing users’ data, a judge decided. The order issued by Suffolk Superior Court Judge Brian Davis on Friday stated that Facebook...

Bill aims to have more students eating school breakfasts

Jan. 18, 2020 10:06 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A push to expand school breakfast programs in Massachusetts is making its way through the Legislature. The Massachusetts Senate this week unanimously approved legislation aimed at increasing participation rates in the programs. The bill would require public schools with 60 percent or more of...

Labor lawyer ends campaign for US Senate

Jan. 17, 2020 11:27 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Workers' rights attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan announced Friday that she is ending her primary challenge to Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward Markey. “Unfortunately, sometimes some obstacles are too great to overcome, and that is the situation my candidacy for Senate finds itself in," she...

Massachusetts Senate approves comprehensive sex ed bill

Jan. 16, 2020 4:36 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate approved a bill Thursday that would require school districts that offer a comprehensive sex education curriculum rely on “medically accurate, age-appropriate" information. Supporters say the bill — which was approved by a 33-2 vote — doesn't...