Massachusetts Legislature

Is Charlie Baker really a Republican?

Is Charlie Baker really a Republican?

Lyons, Walsh square off over governor’s political machinations

GOV. CHARLIE BAKER has an R next to his name, but many Republicans don’t think it belongs there. Ed Lyons, a Republican activist who is a big fan of Baker, said the governor’s acceptance of the grand bargain in the recently completed legislative session disturbed many in the GOP.  The grand bargain embraced legislation raising the(...)

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Baker amends short-term rental bill

Baker amends short-term rental bill

Would exempt those who rent units less than 14 days a year

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE GOV. CHARLIE BAKER returned the Legislature’s bill to tax and regulate short-term rentals on Wednesday, waiting until the day after the House and Senate adjourned formal sessions for the year to propose an amendment that would exempt homeowners that rent out their units for fewer than 14 days a year. The(...)

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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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Lawmakers should embrace clean energy

Lawmakers should embrace clean energy

Say no to gas pipelines financed by electric ratepayers

STARK NEW ESTIMATES of the potential cost of climate change to Massachusetts’ homeowners should make the Legislature act more urgently than it already has to halt the state’s consumption of fossil fuels and resulting release of greenhouse gases. According to a June analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists, 89,000 buildings in the Commonwealth worth(...)

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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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Inaction on environmental justice has consequences

Inaction on environmental justice has consequences

Lawmakers need to act on solar access legislation

THERE’S AN OLD SAYING in politics: elections have consequences. Well, inaction has consequences, too. And every day that Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, Sen. Karen Spilka, and their Ways and Means colleagues fail to rein in pollution and recognize that environmental consciousness is growing is another day that our most vulnerable residents are left breathing dirty air.(...)

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Community benefit districts facing headwinds

Community benefit districts facing headwinds

Legislation likely to pass this week but fate uncertain

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE RECENT CONTROVERSY over legislation that would allow local organizations to levy fees on property owners to improve their neighborhoods has led the leader of the House Republican caucus to question his support for the bill he cosponsored. North Reading Rep. Brad Jones, the House minority leader, was a cosponsor of a(...)

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MA solar hurting, needs legislative help

MA solar hurting, needs legislative help

Industry lost more than 3,000 jobs last year

AT THE END OF THIS MONTH, Massachusetts legislators will break for the remainder of the summer. That leaves just a couple days for them to act on key bills that could bring thousands of jobs back to the Bay State. At risk is the state’s solar industry — a sector that’s been helping Massachusetts grow(...)

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