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Lawmakers gear up for weekend sessions

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

Legislative negotiators have so far failed to come up with final recommendations on a handful of major bills, including energy and economic development proposals, putting pressure on this weekend.

Bill targeting patent trolls stalls

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Two Massachusetts senators are gearing up to fight trolls, but not the kinds of trolls that live under fairy-tale bridges or in online comment sections.

Baker backs taxing Airbnb

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A Senate proposal imposing hotel taxes on private homes and rooms for rent, such as those booked through the online portal Airbnb, gained the support of Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday.

Officials in discussions about Mass. military installations

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State lawmakers and other state officials met Tuesday morning with representatives from the federal government and various branches of the military to discuss the status of the state's military...

Legislators aim to finish 'big six' bills

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Legislators are optimistic they will be able to tackle important bills such as economic development, restricting the use of non-compete agreements and ensuring pay equity between genders in less than...

Tax-free weekend on the ropes

Sam Bonacci |

As the state government continues to deal with stunted revenues, it appears the sales tax holiday that has come to be a staple in Massachusetts retailer's August plans might be one of the casualties.

Evaluating the price of parking in Worcester

John McIntyre |

With growing signs of downtown revitalization, city and business officials confront subsidized parking rates to improve infrastructure.

Senate authorizes online lottery

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The Senate authorized the Lottery to expand into cyberspace as part of an economic development bill that passed Thursday night on a 39-1 vote.

Corporate tax credits targeted by Senate

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Executives whose pay dwarfs that of their workforce could be constrained from obtaining corporate tax credits in Massachusetts under one of several tax-related proposals up for debate in the Senate...

Beer makers, distributors at odds

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Backers of the beer distribution industry are in opposition to legislation that would free up brewers to change who brings their products to market.

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