Massachusetts Legislature

The Airbnb gold rush is on

The Airbnb gold rush is on

Whole buildings, like this one in Chinatown, are being converted into hotels

Photographs by Ken Richardson AIRBNB, LIKE THE draw of ride-hailing apps to car owners, started with the premise that your home can make you a little extra money by renting out rooms to travelers looking to save a few dollars. Empty-nesters, they said, could rent out junior’s bedroom now that he’s moved out and put(...)

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Momentum for more housing choices in the state

Momentum for more housing choices in the state

Lawmakers need to create incentives for communities to increase housing stock

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER joined the fight to promote housing last week—adding more push to the consensus that 2018 is the year to tackle the Commonwealth’s housing crisis head on.  As we head into the 2018 session, it’s time for the Legislature to pass bills that will make it easier for our cities and towns to(...)

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Businesses want stronger clean energy mandates

Businesses want stronger clean energy mandates

Corporations call on state to raise the renewable portfolio standard

FOR CENTURIES, MASSACHUSETTS has been a national hub for innovation. With cutting edge academic institutions, a superb health care sector, and a thriving real estate market, the commonwealth is an excellent place to do business. Massachusetts is also home to a rapidly growing clean energy sector, which has allowed commercial real estate service providers like(...)

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Alcohol task force calls for higher taxes, more oversight

Alcohol task force calls for higher taxes, more oversight

Report does not recommend changes in existing licensing process

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE HIGHER TAXES, INCREASED FINES, and a significantly larger government oversight agency are among the recommendations of a task force that spent months reviewing laws and regulations that apply to the alcohol industry in Massachusetts. The Alcohol Task Force, formed in February by Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, on Thursday issued 37 recommendations, including(...)

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Crighton only name on ballot for Senate seat

Crighton only name on ballot for Senate seat

Rep. faces no formal opposition in bid to replace McGee

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN, but Rep. Brendan Crighton of Lynn is poised to become the newest senator on the North Shore. Crighton will walk uncontested on the ballot into the Senate seat held for the past 14 years by Lynn Mayor-elect Thomas McGee barring the emergence of a write-in candidate who would(...)

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Lawyers hired to investigate Rosenberg

Lawyers hired to investigate Rosenberg

Senate Ethics Committee enlists 3 from Hogan Lovells

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A TEAM OF LAWYERS, including a former federal prosecutor who helped put one-time House Speaker Sal DiMasi in prison for public corruption, has been retained by the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate whether Sen. Stanley Rosenberg violated Senate rules in connection with allegations of sexual assault against his husband. The committee(...)

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Sources: Beacon Hill encounters cost Globe reporter his job

Sources: Beacon Hill encounters cost Globe reporter his job

Alleged incidents followed internal sexual harassment complaint at newspaper

A PROMINENT BOSTON GLOBE State House reporter, who was the subject of an internal sexual harassment complaint, was forced out last month after reporters and editors at the paper learned he allegedly initiated inappropriate communications with women who work on Beacon Hill, who were fearful of rebuffing his advances outright because of his position, say(...)

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Testing isn’t punishment, it’s a matter of social justice

Testing isn’t punishment, it’s a matter of social justice

Moratorium on high-stakes assessments would set back minority and low-income students

LAST YEAR WHILE CASUALLY asking my son about taking his first MCAS exam as a third grader, he responded with an adverse physical reaction at the mere mention of the word MCAS. He literally flinched with fear. Now, I did sign many forms at the beginning of the school year, but I don’t recall the(...)

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US Atty: Joyce ran office as ‘criminal enterprise’

US Atty: Joyce ran office as ‘criminal enterprise’

Former lawmaker accused of peddling influence for cash

FORMER STATE SEN. BRIAN JOYCE was arrested Friday and indicted for engaging in multiple influence-peddling schemes which netted him up to $1 million in fees that he went to elaborate lengths to conceal. FBI officials, who have been investigating Joyce for two years, said they arrested the former lawmaker before dawn at his home in(...)

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