Economy

Senate goes light on short-term rental regs

Senate goes light on short-term rental regs

Lodging industry pans bill as a gift to Airbnb and other home-sharing apps

THE MASSACHUSETTS SENATE has passed its bill for short-term-rentals, a stripped-down version of the House measure that simplifies the tax on hosts and eliminates any tiered structure so that people offering a single room in their home are treated the same as the investor with scores of units for rent. The Senate bill, passed on(...)

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Pot board high on Worcester

Pot board high on Worcester

Cannabis commission to locate main office in central Mass.

THE STATE BOARD regulating the legal marijuana industry will set up permanent shop in Worcester as its headquarters with a satellite office in Boston. The five-member Cannabis Control Commission on Tuesday voted unanimously to seek a 13,000-square foot office space in the state’s second largest city and find a smaller, 5,000-square foot office in the(...)

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Walsh wants to hike parking fines

Walsh wants to hike parking fines

Boston mayor proposes increased penalties to raise $5 million for transportation needs

BOSTON MAYOR MARTY WALSH will unveil a $5 million plan to improve the city’s transportation system, ranging from repaving roads and sidewalks to creating dedicated bus lanes, and plans to hike parking violation fines to pay for the effort. Walsh plans to include the money in his fiscal 2019 budget to be unveiled Tuesday and(...)

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City stalls on Yawkey name change

City stalls on Yawkey name change

Commission puts off vote after hearing on Sox owner’s legacy

A STANDING-ROOM ONLY crowd, including reclusive former Red Sox CEO John Harrington making an emotional plea to retain the street’s moniker, left disappointed after a Boston commission charged with overseeing the city’s public ways unexpectedly delayed a controversial vote to rename Yawkey Way on Thursday. The city’s Public Improvement Commission, which had been slated to(...)

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Healey seeks ban on electricity sellers

Healey seeks ban on electricity sellers

Despite deceptive claims, AG says firms charge more

This story was updated at 5 p.m. ATTORNEY GENERAL MAURA HEALEY on Thursday called for a ban on companies selling electricity to residential customers in Massachusetts, saying the 50 firms currently in the business deceptively claim to offer savings when their rates actually are higher than the prices charged by the state’s utilities. A report(...)

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Net neutrality hearing gets hot

Net neutrality hearing gets hot

Senators clash with internet service providers

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SENATORS PUT REPRESENTATIVES of internet service providers on the hot seat Wednesday at a hearing on a Senate bill intended to promote fair internet practices known as net neutrality. Internet service providers (ISPs) and their representatives have said they do not currently and do not intend to slow connection speeds for(...)

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Two takes on the Yawkey Way controversy

Two takes on the Yawkey Way controversy

How should we reckon with an ugly chapter in Boston history?

PHILLIPS: A COMPROMISE WAY FORWARD  There is a simple but equitable solution to the current controversy over the name Yawkey Way, the little street that runs alongside Fenway Park that has become an outsize symbol for our city’s troubled racial past. The street is named for Thomas A. Yawkey, who owned the Red Sox from(...)

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Walsh pulls Airbnb proposal

Walsh pulls Airbnb proposal

Mayor says more time needed to enact regulations

JUST HOURS BEFORE the Boston City Council was set to vote – and likely reject – Mayor Marty Walsh’s proposed ordinance to regulate short-term rentals such as those listed on Airbnb, he withdrew his bill and said he’d come up with another “in the coming weeks.” “During a robust process, including s public hearing and(...)

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How does New Bedford compete against Boston?

How does New Bedford compete against Boston?

We can be something different – and even preferable

What follows is an excerpt from New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell’s prepared remarks for his state of the city address on Thursday. OUR SUCCESS WILL DEPEND on our ability to think strategically about the future of our city, and to work together to follow that strategy. As we ask ourselves how we can continue our success,(...)

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