Latest Massachusetts state government News

Superstorm Sandy group eyes ballots, insurance surcharges and oil fees to fund resiliency projects

Jul. 19, 2024 17:30 PM EDT

LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — A 2% surcharge on property insurance policies, mandatory fees on the oil and gas industries, and holding a public referendum are ways a public-private group formed in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy recommends to pay for projects to protect New Jersey from the next big...

Bill would ban sale of reproductive and gender affirming care locations gathered from cellphones

Jul. 10, 2024 18:14 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts House unanimously approved legislation Wednesday that would ban companies from selling cellphone location data collected during visits to reproductive and gender-affirming care clinics. Democratic House Speaker Ronald Mariano said the goal is to...

Massachusetts Senate approves bill to expand reliance on renewable energy

Jun. 25, 2024 21:52 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate approved a bill Tuesday aimed at expanding the adoption of renewable energy in a bid to help Massachusetts meet its climate goals, including reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Supporters say the proposal will help lower...

Running out of marijuana, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket get approval to ship pot to the islands

Jun. 13, 2024 20:24 PM EDT

MEREDITH, N.H. (AP) — Martha's Vineyard was running out of pot, just as thousands of summer vacationers were starting to arrive. But on Thursday, Massachusetts regulators averted a cannabis drought by issuing an administrative order that will allow pot to be transported to Martha's...

Massachusetts high court rules voters can decide question to raise wages for tipped workers

Jun. 13, 2024 13:12 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts' highest court has tossed out a challenge to a proposed ballot question that would raise the minimum wage businesses must pay to workers who rely on tips and permit tip pooling among both tipped and nontipped employees. The Supreme Judicial Court ruled...

Massachusetts Senate weighs tuition-free community college plan

May. 21, 2024 15:39 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A plan to create tuition-free, universal community college for all Massachusetts residents was up for discussion Tuesday as the state Senate launched debate on its proposed $57.9 billion budget for the new fiscal year. Supporters, including Democratic Senate President...

Homeless families face limits on shelter stays as Massachusetts grapples with migrant influx

Apr. 30, 2024 19:38 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts will begin limiting how long homeless families can stay in shelters as the state continues to grapple with an influx of homeless migrants. Beginning June 1, the total length of stay will be limited to nine months, at the end of which families will be...

140,000 people did their taxes with the free IRS direct file pilot. But program's future is unclear

Apr. 26, 2024 17:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS said Friday that more than 140,000 taxpayers filed their taxes through its new direct file pilot program and participants saved roughly $5.6 million in fees they would have otherwise spent with commercial tax preparation companies. The government pilot...

Massachusetts House launches budget debate, including proposed spending on shelters, public transit

Apr. 24, 2024 17:56 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House leaders began debate Wednesday on a proposed $57.9 billion state budget for the 2025 fiscal year that would include $500 million for the state’s emergency shelter system and what lawmakers say is a record investment of $555 million for the beleaguered...