Politics

Leave horse race fund for the horses

Leave horse race fund for the horses

Pot of gambling money is working as intended – for harness racing

IT’S BUDGET SEASON at the Massachusetts State House and once again this year there have been some efforts to raid the Race Horse Development Fund to help address the state’s revenue shortfall. Proponents of this step argue that horse racing is a fading industry in Massachusetts and that gaming revenue placed in the fund could(...)

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Democratic supermajority not so super

Democratic supermajority not so super

Lawmakers from same party but not on same platform

IN THE YEAR FOLLOWING a presidential election, the Massachusetts Democratic Party updates its platform. A party platform can stand as a defiant statement of goals and ideals, and a roadmap for a legislative agenda and priorities. In today’s national political climate, such aspirational declarations are especially important as they offer voters something to fight for(...)

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House OKs 1 of 2 immigration bills

House OKs 1 of 2 immigration bills

Bars inmate use outside state, but delays action on other anti-Trump measure

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE LEADERS indefinitely postponed a planned vote Wednesday on legislation recommended by Democrats as a response to President Donald Trump’s illegal immigration crackdown, even as they approved another measure barring state sheriffs from offering inmates for labor outside the state. The postponed bill would have prevented state resources from being(...)

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Raise the tobacco sales age to 21

Raise the tobacco sales age to 21

End the patchwork policies, save lives and money

MANY PEOPLE ARE SURPRISED TO LEARN that tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable illness and premature death in Massachusetts and across the country, despite the strides we have made in reducing cigarette smoking over the past few decades. Treating tobacco-caused illnesses adds up to $4 billion in annual healthcare costs in Massachusetts. This(...)

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Senate reins in movie star spending

Senate reins in movie star spending

Amendment says salaries over $1m not eligible for film tax credit

THE MASSACHUSETTS SENATE put the state’s film tax credit in play on Tuesday, approving a budget amendment that would shave about $15 million off of the roughly $80 million in subsidies offered to commercials and movies filmed in Massachusetts each year. The film tax credit has become a political football on Beacon Hill, with governors,(...)

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Baker under fire from all sides

The race for governor is taking shape. On the Democratic side, you have three like-minded liberals who detest President Trump. On the Republican side, you have a popular, middle-of-the-road incumbent who frequently disagrees (politely) with the president. Newton Mayor Setti Warren is the latest entrant on the Democratic side. At an event in front of(...)

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