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First woman to lead UMass Lowell confirmed by trustees

State House News Service |

Hailed as "someone with skills to take UMass Lowell to the next level," the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees on Monday unanimously appointed Jacqueline Moloney chancellor of the Lowell...

Medical device industry pushes for repeal of federal levy

Sam Bonacci |

A 2.3-percent tax doesn't sound like much, but taking it directly off the top of medical device companies' sales could have widespread impacts on businesses large and small, industry experts say.

Critics: Baker hydropower bill could harm energy market

Emily Micucci |

On its surface, Gov. Charlie Baker's bill to encourage large-scale adoption of hydropower by Massachusetts utilities appears to take a reasonable crack at reducing carbon emissions, a requirement of...

5 issues to watch, from overtime pay to paying for health insurance

Beyond revenue and profits, federal and state policy shapes a lot of what businesses do and – in some cases – can influence the future of an entity, an industry, even a good...

Baker aide: Bid for more solar will minimize ratepayer impacts

COLIN A. YOUNG STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

As solar energy advocates rallied on the steps of the State House Thursday, Gov. Charlie Baker said his administration will file legislation concerning the solar power net metering cap...

Labor panel endorses 5 workplace bills

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

Two bills aimed at bolstering the state's gender pay equity law and strengthening protections for pregnant women in the workplace were among five pieces of legislation advanced through the committee...

Legislature restores $97M to budget before Aug. recess

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

Lawmakers powered through two days of voting to override roughly 87 vetoes and restore about $97 million in spending to the fiscal 2016 budget cut by Gov. Charlie Baker out of concern that the budget...

Sales tax holiday gets go-ahead for Aug. 15-16

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

Massachusetts lawmakers on Wednesday poured millions of dollars back into the state budget over Gov. Charlie Baker's objections and approved a two-day tax holiday designed to trade expected revenues...

Spending, tax holiday bring lawmakers back to the hill

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

The House and Senate plan to meet Wednesday in rare simultaneous formal sessions with the goal of restoring vetoed spending to the state budget, reconciling unresolved policy matters in the annual...

Mass. pay equity bill up for committee vote

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

Lawmakers plan to move Wednesday on legislation aimed at strengthening the state's gender pay equity law, which would free up private sector workers to share information on salaries without fear of...

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