Michael P. Norton

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Lawmakers close FY16 budget gap

Lawmakers close FY16 budget gap

Use $60m from Convention Center Fund to offset tax shortfall

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE on Thursday fast-tracked a spending bill to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk aimed at closing the books on fiscal 2016, which ended June 30, in part by drawing up to $60 million from the state’s Convention Center Fund to use for general spending purposes. The spending bill emerged from(...)

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Ash withdraws name from Cambridge post

Ash withdraws name from Cambridge post

Housing secretary says city manager job 'not the right fit'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE JAY ASH, SECRETARY, for the state’s Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and one of three finalists for the open Cambridge city manager’s post, has withdrawn from the competition for the job. Ash publicly interviewed for the post last week but said in a statement on Wednesday that he’s decided(...)

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DeLeo to consult economists on taxes

DeLeo to consult economists on taxes

'My history has been to stay away from taxes'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE With tax revenue growth falling short of levels needed to meet spending demands, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said over the weekend that he wants to hear from economists before rendering an updated opinion on higher taxes. DeLeo’s opinion on tax increases carries extra weight on Beacon Hill – tax hikes must(...)

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Baker to nix VMT pilot bid

Baker to nix VMT pilot bid

Won't even test vehicle-miles-traveled fee

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE WHEN GOV. CHARLIE BAKER signs a highway and small bridge repair funding bill on Wednesday, the Republican governor plans to nix a proposed pilot program to test a system that would charge drivers based on how many miles they drive. Labeling the vehicle-miles-traveled pilot program a “tax,” Baker said he will(...)

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UMass cost could rise 5-8%

UMass cost could rise 5-8%

Rate will far exceed growth in inflation

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE University of Massachusetts students working this summer to pay for college could face a higher financial mountain to climb in the fall. After freezing tuition for two straight years and then increasing it 5 percent last year, UMass appears poised to raise tuition and fees by rates that far exceed growth(...)

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DeLeo seeks task force on integrity

DeLeo seeks task force on integrity

Would review laws on conduct of public officials, lobbyists

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE HOUSE SPEAKER ROBERT DELEO is mounting a push to create a Task Force on Integrity in State and Local Government, which would look at the laws governing the conduct of public officials and lobbyists as well as financial disclosure and campaign finance statutes. According to a copy of a resolve DeLeo(...)

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DeLeo: Policy differences could hinder budget deal

DeLeo: Policy differences could hinder budget deal

Senate pushing three times as many policy changes as House

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE House Speaker Robert DeLeo on Wednesday said policy differences between the House and Senate loom as an even larger obstacle than a revenue shortfall to a budget accord that’s due in two weeks. Talking to reporters after a closed Democratic caucus, DeLeo said the House budget (H 4201) included close to(...)

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Baker: I’d sign House transgender bill

Baker: I’d sign House transgender bill

'No one should be discriminated against,' he says

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ON THE EVE of House debate on the issue, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday he would sign transgender anti-discrimination legislation crafted by House leaders. “No one should be discriminated against in Massachusetts because of their gender identity,” the governor said in a statement. “After hearing from all sides and carefully reviewing(...)

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Public records bill sent to Baker

Public records bill sent to Baker

First legislative overhaul of the law in 43 years

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE AND SENATE each voted unanimously Wednesday to advance to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk a compromise bill that represents the first major overhaul of public records access laws in 43 years. In addition to requiring state agencies and cities and towns to designate records officers to field requests, the(...)

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