Taxes and Budget Issues

State cutting off Greenway funding

State cutting off Greenway funding

Pollack says talks with abutters going well

TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY Secretary Stephanie Pollack said on Monday that the Greenway Conservancy’s $2 million-a-year state subsidy will end on July 1 and she is working with abutters to help fill the gap. “We are in active talks with the Conservancy and abutters,” Pollack said at a meeting of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation board. “Those(...)

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With health assessment, Baker heading down familiar path

With health assessment, Baker heading down familiar path

Proposed levy has shades of Patrick's ill-considered software tax

“ONCE BURNED, twice shy.” Will the Legislature heed that aphorism in response to Gov. Baker’s proposed health care tax on employers to help balance the state’s fiscal 2018 and 2019 budgets? Four years ago, then-Gov. Patrick proposed a tax on computer software and services to help expand funding for transportation. He assured the Legislature that(...)

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Senators leave money on the table

Senators leave money on the table

No lawmaker takes three stipends, some decline any increase

PUBLIC PRESSURE APPEARS to have won out as no Massachusetts state senator opted to receive three stipends for leadership positions as they could have under the rules and three Democratic lawmakers eschewed any increase in their pay. The increases are part of a broad package of pay raises for lawmakers, constitutional officers, and judges that was(...)

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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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