Taxes and Budget Issues

Nonprofits deserve a lot more scrutiny

Nonprofits deserve a lot more scrutiny

Current tax policy may make sense, but let’s investigate

THE ISSUE ARISES every so often, like a phoenix from the flames, especially around budget time.  This year was no different.  How do we, and how should we, tax nonprofit entities? Are nonprofit entities paying their fair share? Are nonprofit entities truly nonprofit? Before we answer that question, we need to take a closer look(...)

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The Codcast: New pot czar a breath of fresh air

Steven Hoffman was successful at just about everything he did during his long business management career but, even by his own admission, his latest venture was proving difficult to master. “I was failing at retirement,” said the affable 64-year-old Lincoln resident, who is the new chairman of the state Cannabis Control Commission regulating the emerging(...)

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New pot czar has inhaled

New pot czar has inhaled

Hoffman says drug is 'harmless' but can be abused

DESPITE VOTING AGAINST the referendum to legalize marijuana last November, Steven Hoffman, the chairman of the new state board charged with regulating the nascent retail pot industry, said he thinks the drug is “harmless” and will cause no more problems than alcohol. “I personally believe marijuana is a harmless drug,” Hoffman said in an interview(...)

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Goldberg warns of NH lottery moves

Goldberg warns of NH lottery moves

Says Mass. lottery is 'sitting here like dead ducks'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THERE ARE PROVERBIAL TROOPS amassing at the New Hampshire border and the Massachusetts Lottery is “sitting here like dead ducks,” Treasurer Deborah Goldberg said Tuesday of the New Hampshire Lottery’s move to sell products online and introduce Keno. New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu in July signed a bill that seeks to(...)

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Rep. Straus’s idea is a really bad one

Rep. Straus’s idea is a really bad one

Don’t rob Peter (Massport) to pay Paul (Metropolitan Highway System)

AUGUST.  That lazy, hazy month without an official vacation day because, well, everyone is either on vacation or slowing down because everyone else is on vacation.  Like that bewitching period between Thanksgiving and New Year, when everyone is preoccupied with keeping or avoiding the holidays, August is a sort of Bermuda Triangle of a month,(...)

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NYC subway system looks to Boston

In case you missed it, the New York City subway system is in crisis mode, and officials in the Big Apple are looking to Boston for some answers. At the end of June, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency, ordered a turnaround plan for the subway system, and pledged(...)

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4 takeaways from sales tax moves

You could actually see an industry in transition on Wednesday. Amazon held a giant job fair at nearly a dozen of its US warehouses, including the one in Fall River, as the company sought to fill 50,000 empty positions across the country. At the same time, the Retailers Association of Massachusetts announced it was mounting(...)

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Baker makes last-minute sales tax holiday pitch

Baker makes last-minute sales tax holiday pitch

One lawmaker, citing sluggish revenues, calls idea 'colossal mistake'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE Gov. Charlie Baker is mounting a late bid to return the popular sales tax holiday this year, formally asking lawmakers who have already begun their summer break to approve a proposal to hold the tax-free weekend in just 17 days. The governor’s plan received an underwhelming reaction from legislative leaders, with(...)

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House poised to reject Baker’s MassHealth reforms

House poised to reject Baker’s MassHealth reforms

Administration officials find tough going at legislative hearing

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE BAKER ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS on Tuesday urged lawmakers to get on board with reforms to rein in costs at MassHealth, but the House is poised on Wednesday to create a showdown with the governor by sending him back a $200 million package of new employer assessments and unemployment insurance rate relief without(...)

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