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Details emerge in state’s massive climate bill
06-11-2024 5:00 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — The base of a late-session climate bill that has been promised by top Democrats in both branches is being drafted by Gov. Maura Healey’s administration, which says that reform to the siting and permitting of clean energy infrastructure is...

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Transfer tax would make small dent in Massachusetts’ housing needs
05-21-2024 4:59 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

A proposed tax on high-value real estate transactions to pay for affordable housing would add an estimated 3,210 affordable homes in Massachusetts over five years, according to the governor’s administration – a drop in the bucket of the state’s...


Federal funding for victim assistance drops, state support tries to help
05-10-2024 4:18 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

Dollars coming from Washington to support survivors of violent crimes have dried up in recent years, and state funds to prop up struggling service providers are held up in a spending bill awaiting legislative action.Federal funding through the Crime...


Spilka pledges ‘comprehensive climate bill’ in Senate
04-23-2024 3:22 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Signaling the potential for more change in the transportation and energy sectors, Senate President Karen Spilka revealed Monday that the Senate plans to tackle a major climate bill before formal sessions come to a close in just over three...


Senate adds bills to reform electric industry
04-22-2024 4:21 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

Senate Democrats plan this week to make a big push for reforms to the state’s motor vehicle “Lemon Law,” insurance coverage for home heating oil leaks and the controversial competitive electric supply industry.The Senate on Monday formally added a...


Equity, income concerns flagged in free college debate
04-12-2024 5:00 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON – Moderate-income white students could gain the most under a proposal that top Senate Democrats are weighing to make community college free for all Massachusetts residents, according to a report, which urges lawmakers to make adjustments with...


Senate gives House more runway for early ed bill
03-17-2024 5:00 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — More Massachusetts families would become eligible for subsidized child care and “transformational” grants that kept the early education system afloat during the pandemic would be made permanent, under a bill the Senate unanimously passed on...


Senate plans another push for major early ed bill
03-11-2024 5:00 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Despite a tightening state budget picture, the Senate this week plans to take up a pricey early education and child care bill aimed at expanding access to education for the state’s youngest learners and making it more affordable for families,...


Head Start might have leg up as Massachusetts budget priority
02-25-2024 5:00 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Although they would not explicitly commit to fulfilling a funding request for Head Start, two of the most powerful players at the State House indicated Wednesday that funding the early education program is at the top of their priority list in...


Senate plans another sex education reform vote next week
02-23-2024 5:01 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

Senators next week will vote again on a bill to update the state’s sex education guidelines, something the chamber has already approved four times without getting buy-in from the House.The Senate Committee on Ways and Means polled the so-called...


Psychedelics petition backers use Oregon as model
02-19-2024 3:50 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Massachusetts voters may get the chance to cast ballots to legalize access to some psychedelic substances this fall. And though advocates say the Oregon psilocybin therapy program that would be used as a model for Massachusetts is beneficial...


Massachusetts to create AI task force to support adoption of technology
02-18-2024 6:01 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Gov. Maura Healey has signed an executive order to create a task force meant to study artificial intelligence and to advise her administration on the state’s role in implementing and encouraging private sector use of the new technology.The...


Jeffrey Riley to resign as DESE head in March
02-16-2024 5:02 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley plans to step down on March 15 after six years leading Massachusetts’ K-12 school system, according to a letter he sent to the state’s education board Thursday.Riley plans to...


Massachusetts tourism officials eye historic opportunities
01-19-2024 5:14 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Last month’s Boston Tea Party anniversary celebration was “just the tip of the iceberg” as Massachusetts prepares to leverage a series of upcoming historical anniversaries to market the state and draw in millions of tourists, the state’s top...


Mass Senate pushes for free community college
01-11-2024 5:00 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — “Keep your eyes peeled,” for free community college funding in the Senate’s version of the fiscal year 2025 budget, Senate President Karen Spilka said Wednesday.Making community college free for every Massachusetts resident could cost the...


Shelter report shows waitlist growing in Massachusetts
01-05-2024 4:45 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON—Despite top officials’ claims this fall that the number of migrant families coming into Massachusetts was decreasing, thousands of families continue to apply for placement in the state’s emergency shelter system.Since Nov. 10, 1,393 families...


Warren amplifies push for Healey housing bill
12-20-2023 5:00 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren threw her weight behind Gov. Maura Healey’s housing plan this week, and said the federal government will need to “step up” to help the state address its housing affordability and availability crisis.As many as...


Family shelter placements more than doubled under Healey
12-11-2023 3:19 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — While lawmakers on Beacon Hill have deliberated over sending aid to the state’s emergency assistance system, the number of families that are finding safe housing in those shelters has grown by 105 percent in the last 11 months, according to...


Most intense decarbonization period nearing: 2025 – 2030
12-04-2023 3:33 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

On the route to decarbonization, the state is so far on target with its goals, the Healey administration says, but there is more work to be done with the most intense period of rapid decarbonization quickly approaching.Gov. Maura Healey’s...


Economist: Workforce shortages here to stay
11-30-2023 10:09 PM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — The workforce shortage that has left employers across sectors scrambling to keep operations running in recent years isn’t likely to let up “any time, in the rest of anybody’s lifetime,” one of the nation’s leading economists said...


Hearing shows rifts over extent of gun regulation
11-30-2023 8:53 AM

By SAM DRYSDALE

BOSTON — Most lawmakers seem to agree that something needs to be done about so-called “ghost guns,” but a fierce debate continues about the extent of additional gun regulation such as restricting where legal gun owners can carry and updating the...

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