Taxes and Budget Issues

Legislative income inequality

Legislative income inequality

Widening pay gap in House could have negative impact, reps say

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE NOW THAT PAY RAISES for lawmakers have been finalized, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg will soon dole out the lucrative leadership and committee assignments that could allow some legislators to more than double their pay. That power in the hands of just two Democrats sparked some of(...)

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Baker rips ‘irresponsible’ pay raise

Baker rips ‘irresponsible’ pay raise

State GOP targets freshman Dems

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER needled the legislative pay hikes that lawmakers approved for themselves this week as “fiscally irresponsible,” but defended the Legislature’s process and stopped short of saying he’ll lobby lawmakers to sustain the veto he handed down on Friday. The controversial $18 million package of pay raises for lawmakers, judges(...)

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Baker moves to collect tax on internet sales

Baker moves to collect tax on internet sales

Counting on $30 million in revenues in FY2018

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER IS LAUNCHING an initiative to indirectly start collecting sales tax from Massachusetts residents making purchases over the internet. The move by Baker is somewhat risky, both politically and legally. Court decisions have barred states from requiring companies outside their borders to collect and remit sales taxes incurred by their residents, but in(...)

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Baker to veto pay raise

Baker to veto pay raise

Says state's fiscal outlook makes salary hike unwise

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE HOURS AFTER FORMALLY RECEIVING their plan, Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday afternoon informed legislative Democrats that he intends to veto a controversial package of pay raises worth $18 million for lawmakers, judges and constitutional officers in a move that may carry more political weight for the Republican governor than practical implications.(...)

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Baker hints at pay raise veto

Baker hints at pay raise veto

But House passes bill with room to spare

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER said little has changed to sway him since he threatened to veto a legislative pay raise bill two years ago, but said he’ll wait to see the final legislation now making its way through the Legislature before making his decision. Baker’s comments on Wednesday came minutes after the House passed a controversial(...)

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Quick and quiet hearing on salaries report

Quick and quiet hearing on salaries report

Lawmakers ask few questions in hearing to raise compensation for Speaker and Senate President

ONE OF THE authors of a report recommending higher compensation for the state’s top elected officials said on Thursday he was “surprised” a joint legislative panel took two years to hold a hearing on the matter but said the pay raises should be adopted to ensure the state’s top elected officials are paid what they’re(...)

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Focusing on the optics of a pay raise

Just as lawmakers are putting down their right hands from being sworn in for the new term, they’ve decided to take up a two-year-old report that portrays them as woefully underpaid and recommends hefty raises all around, hikes that would push compensation for constitutional officers and legislative leadership near the top among all states. While there(...)

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Baker throws cold water on pay hikes

Baker throws cold water on pay hikes

Lawmakers to hold hearing on two-year-old report recommending increases

LAWMAKERS WILL FINALLY take up the recommendations for salary hikes for elected officials laid out in a 2014 report but the plan could be dead on arrival as Gov. Charlie Baker said he has no intention of accepting a raise and will “carefully review” any bill for pay increases that makes it to his office.(...)

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Baker letter to House on ACA

Baker letter to House on ACA

Cites shift from private to public insurance coverage

The Honorable Kevin McCarthy Majority Leader United States House of Representatives H-107, U.S. Capitol Building Washington D.C., 20515   Leader McCarthy, Thank you for the opportunity to provide initial input on how to improve upon the goals of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Affordable Care Act). For more than ten years,(...)

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Baker to tax short-term rentals

Baker to tax short-term rentals

Governor opposed similar measure last year

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Gov. Charlie Baker intends to include in his budget due later this month a proposal that would tax short-term rentals offered through online portals like Airbnb and VRBO at the same rate as rooms rented by traditional hotels and motels. The proposal, which will be offered as an outside section in(...)

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