Politics

Lawmakers leave a lot on the table

  Massachusetts lawmakers suspended their rules and went beyond their midnight end-of-session deadline, but still they couldn’t finish all the work they had planned to do. The House adjourned at 1:12 a.m. Wednesday and the Senate ended its session at 1:20 a.m. When the dust settled, the two chambers had approved bills dealing with opioid(...)

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Breaking down the new clean energy bill

Breaking down the new clean energy bill

Eversource, AIM call it a ‘measured approach;’ one rep calls it ‘terrible’

THE CLEAN ENERGY BILL approved by the Legislature on Tuesday adopted the go-slow approach favored by many of the state’s business groups and utilities, leaving a price on carbon and stronger support for solar and wind on the cutting room floor while greenlighting a number of less flashy provisions designed to give renewable energy a(...)

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Energy legislation makes it out of conference

Energy legislation makes it out of conference

Sierra Club official complains bill represents only 'baby steps'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE .Just like two years ago, the Legislature is poised to consider a substantial piece of clean energy legislation on the final day of formal sessions. The conference committee that since July 17 has been working to reconcile a Senate bill and four House bills related to clean energy filed its report(...)

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A look at one of the Legislature’s veto overrides

A look at one of the Legislature’s veto overrides

Lawmakers restore earmarks for all sorts of local projects

THE LEGISLATURE SWIFTLY OVERRODE many of the governor’s budget vetoes on Monday, including one whose elimination has become almost an annual rite of passage on Beacon Hill. Baker on Thursday vetoed nearly $4 million in legislative earmarks included in a line item for the Department of Fire Services, an agency in charge of training firefighters(...)

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Words matter in immigration debate

Words matter in immigration debate

Undocumented immigrant vs illegal immigrant vs illegal alien

To say there’s a chasm as wide as the Rio Grande between both sides of the immigration debate would be an understatement. The conversation about compromise is a non-starter because neither side can even agree on what terms to use. US Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling, in a recent sit-down with CommonWealth, acknowledged his office(...)

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The Codcast: Words matter in immigration debate

To say there’s a chasm as wide as the Rio Grande between both sides of the immigration debate would be an understatement. The conversation about compromise is a non-starter because neither side can even agree on what terms to use. US Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling, in a recent sit-down with CommonWealth, acknowledged his office(...)

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Taxes on short-term rentals could hit 17.5%

Taxes on short-term rentals could hit 17.5%

New taxes expected to take effect in January 2019

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SHORT-TERM HOUSING UNITS rented through websites like Airbnb could be taxed at almost 17.5 percent in cities like Boston and Massachusetts would become the first state in the country to maintain a central registry under compromise legislation agreed to Sunday night by House and Senate negotiators. State officials have been trying(...)

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What has Galvin been doing on election security?

What has Galvin been doing on election security?

Secretary’s use of federal election funds ‘abject failure’

A DAY AFTER THE INDICTMENT of 12 Russians who allegedly interfered with our 2016 elections, Secretary of State William Galvin told the The Boston Globe he’s “picking up the pace” on election security in Massachusetts – hardly a ringing endorsement of whatever the previous “pace” was. If Galvin’s tired approach sounds familiar, that’s because it’s(...)

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