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Ex-romantic partner of Massachusetts governor says she's ready to serve on state's high court

Feb. 21, 2024 16:34 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Appeals Court Associate Justice Gabrielle R. Wolohojian, a former romantic partner of Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey, testified Wednesday before the Governor’s Council on her nomination to the state’s highest court. Healey has said her past relationship with...

The IRS is launching a direct file pilot program for the 2024 tax season — here is how it will work

Jan. 29, 2024 13:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As income tax filing season officially starts on Monday, a limited number of taxpayers in 12 states will soon be eligible to join an IRS pilot program that will allow them to calculate and submit their returns to the government directly without using commercial tax preparation...

Massachusetts governor makes lowering housing costs a goal for the new year

Jan. 17, 2024 21:14 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Lowering the staggering cost of housing and childcare, improving the state's roads and rails and strengthening schools were among the goals for 2024 that Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey outlined in her State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday. The Democratic...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jan. 12, 2024 15:21 PM EST

Barre-Montpelier Times Argus. January 11, 2024. Editorial: A great gamble Gov. Phil Scott said what needed to be said during his State of the State address on Thursday. The four-term Republican told lawmakers of all stripes that Vermont cannot keep on the path it is on...

Massachusetts high court rules younger adults cannot be sentenced to life without parole

Jan. 11, 2024 18:20 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The highest court in Massachusetts ruled Thursday to raise from 18 to 21 the minimum age at which a person can be sentenced to mandatory life without parole — a narrow 4-3 ruling that juvenile justice advocates are hailing as progress. The decision came in the case...

Massachusetts lawmakers reject GOP efforts to block money for migrant family homeless shelters

Dec. 04, 2023 19:26 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A spending bill that includes money for temporary shelter spaces for migrant homeless families cleared the Massachusetts House on Monday after more than 100 Democratic lawmakers showed up at an informal session to overcome efforts by House Republicans to block the bill. ...