Colin A. Young

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Rep: Millions in tax credits go out of state

Rep: Millions in tax credits go out of state

Ehrlich pushes bill to restrict earned income tax credit to residents

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Massachusetts sends more than $5 million out of state every year to more than 20,000 people who live elsewhere but receive the state earned income tax credit, a North Shore representative said Tuesday. And with the recent expansion of the tax credit, Massachusetts could soon be sending $7.67 million to residents(...)

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Senate unanimous in support of Public Records Law update

Senate unanimous in support of Public Records Law update

The bill must be meshed with less-stringent House version

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ACKNOWLEDGING THAT ADVANCES in current technology has rendered the decades-old law ineffective, the Massachusetts Senate on Thursday passed a public records reform bill updating the statute governing access to public documents for the first time roughly 40 years. By a unanimous vote, the bill that supporters said would strengthen access to(...)

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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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