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Senate budget to be released May 17

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The Senate Ways and Means Committee will release its version of the fiscal 2017 budget on May 17.

Senate adds plastic bag ban to agriculture bill

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Massachusetts shoppers would be able to buy craft beers and spirits at farmers markets -- but not take those bottles or any other purchases home in a plastic bag -- under a bill approved Thursday by...

April tax plunge creates budget bind, Baker does not plan cuts

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Despite sluggish collections, Gov. Charlie Baker has no plans to impose another round of emergency cuts to keep the state's budget in balance.

Lawmakers urged to follow Federal lead on public transit tax incentive

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Transportation advocates on Tuesday pressed lawmakers to adopt a change in state law to make the tax benefits available to workers who drive to work and those who take public transportation more...

Energy chief flags need for more natural gas

In the wake of the suspension of Kinder Morgan's major natural gas pipeline project in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the Baker administration's energy chief on Tuesday stressed that...

Mass. employers see mixed signals; remain confident

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Employers in Massachusetts appear to possess a "wait-and-see attitude" about the economy, with mixed economic signals fueling the ambivalence, according to Associated Industries of Massachusetts.

House will let Senate act first on transgender bill

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With two different versions of the transgender bill moving through committee, the Senate will be the first to act on the bill.

Panel takes step toward new model for health care delivery

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New standards could be a small but significant step in transforming the health care system in Massachusetts.

House leaders confident about redrafted transgender bill

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A bill designed to protect transgender individuals from harassment and give businesses clear guidance to implement the proposal is moving towards a vote.

Hydropower getting support despite reservations over cost

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A new policy brief from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce describes hydropower as featuring energy reliability and environmental impact "strengths" with "less clear" impacts on costs for...

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