Colin A. Young

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Committee approves millionaires tax

Committee approves millionaires tax

Would impose 4% surtax on income over $1m

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE   THE LEGISLATURE’S COMMITTEE ON REVENUE on Thursday morning gave its stamp of approval to a proposed constitutional amendment that would establish a 4 percent surtax on income in excess of $1 million in a bid to raise $1.9 billion. The proposal (H 3933) seeks to raise additional revenue for education and(...)

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Lawmakers urged to weigh in on fantasy sports

Lawmakers urged to weigh in on fantasy sports

Despite AG’s view, Gaming Commission says legality unresolved

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THERE IS “SOME URGENCY” for the Legislature to weigh in on the legality and regulation of daily fantasy sports and online gaming, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission concluded in a white paper on the relatively-new form of sports wagering. “Right now, it appears to us that the law concerning (daily fantasy sports)(...)

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Massachusetts seeing population growth

Massachusetts seeing population growth

But pace slowing; out-migration a problem

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE POPULATION OF MASSACHUSETTS is growing at a rate about three times more rapid than surrounding states, a good sign for the state’s economy and its prospects of retaining all of its seats in Congress after the next census, officials said. With an estimated population of 6,794,422 as of July 1,(...)

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State deer hunt begins in Blue Hills

State deer hunt begins in Blue Hills

‘Massacre is just the beginning,” warns opponent

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AS THE FIRST LEGAL HUNT in the Blue Hills Reservation in about a century got underway Monday, the state’s environmental chief said the controlled hunt will be safe, responsible, and effective, despite calls from animal rights activists to stop it. “Blue Hills is a very unique place in the Commonwealth with(...)

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T bans political, e-cigarette ads

T bans political, e-cigarette ads

Pro-Israeli activists shout down supporter of ad

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT surfaced Monday as a central theme in two protests: one speaking out against an ad on the MBTA that some say is designed “to demonize Israelis and Jews,” and another urging senators to forgo a planned trip to Israel next month. After opposing viewpoints on one of the(...)

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Healey proposes fantasy sports regs

Healey proposes fantasy sports regs

‘Professional’ players would be identified

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SAYING THAT HER ONGOING REVIEW of daily fantasy sports games uncovered “a number of significant concerns,” Attorney General Maura Healey on Thursday announced a series of proposed regulations for the burgeoning industry, including a ban on players under the age of 21. The relatively new form of online sports wagering, under(...)

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Pollack: More Green Line funds needed

Pollack: More Green Line funds needed

Tells lawmakers $1.2b bond authorization not enough

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE IF THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION is to press ahead with the Green Line Extension project, the Legislature will likely have to authorize additional bonding next year to pay for the project, Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack told lawmakers Wednesday. “As I’ve said repeatedly, the option of halting the project remains on the(...)

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Lottery officials move toward fantasy sports

Lottery officials move toward fantasy sports

Say game needed to pull in younger players

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE FRAMING IT AS INNOVATION that could open up a new revenue source and attract a younger customer, the Massachusetts Lottery Commission took the first step Monday towards a state-run daily fantasy sports game. “We believe the introduction of a fantasy sports platform at Mass. Lottery would help to embrace an emerging(...)

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Fantasy sports regulation seems in the cards

Fantasy sports regulation seems in the cards

Question no longer if, but what form rules will take

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE UNREGULATED RIDE of the burgeoning daily online fantasy sports industry in Massachusetts appears to be coming to an end. Along with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s announcement that it plans to discuss daily fantasy sports at a public meeting next week, Beacon Hill leaders seemed to signal that the question is(...)

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Baker administration, union target DCF together

Baker administration, union target DCF together

No more patchwork attempts at reform, officials say

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER plans in the coming months to implement changes at the beleaguered Department of Children and Families, part of an “unprecedented collaboration” between his administration, child protection workers, and union leaders that he hopes will help improve the agency’s performance. The steps to improve procedures for tracking children and(...)

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