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State tax collections up 7% compared to last year

State House News Service |

Total tax collections midway through February were $604 million, up $40 million or 7 percent versus the same period last year, according to the state.

Central Mass. college loan debt averages $33K

The workforce in the Congressional district covering most of Central Massachusetts has college loan debts averaging $33,000 per resident, according to a new report.

Senate president: 'Stay tuned' on potential sales tax holiday this summer

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg told businesses and shoppers "stay tuned" on potential for a sales tax holiday this summer.

'Grave concerns' from building inspectors on state reorganization plan

State House News Service |

Building inspectors told state officials that a proposed reorganization creating a new Office of Public Safety and Inspections within the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development wouldn't...

Economist: Trump uncertainty clouding potential growth

Brad Kane |

The local, national and global economies will likely see accelerated growth in 2017, assuming they work through the uncertainties created by shifting federal policies, according to an economist...

Sevcon shareholder loses shakeup bid

Grant Welker |

An attempt by a 20-percent owner of Southborough electric vehicle components company Sevcon to overhaul its board of directors failed at a shareholder vote this month.

Baker urged to more sharply reduce carbon emissions across region

State House News Service |

A coalition is urging the governor to work with other northeast and mid-Atlantic states to double the annual rate of reduction in carbon emissions across the region.

MassPike in Central Mass needed 310 pothole repairs in 2016

A pothole-repair tracking program being expanded statewide shows Department of Transportation crews repaired at least 520 potholes on the MassPike in Central and Western Massachusetts since January...

Six potential developers tour Worcester courthouse

Grant Welker |

Potential developers of the vacant Worcester County Courthouse are touring the building, a few months after a sale of the building fell through.

At least 1,465 died in Mass. of opioid overdoses last year

State House News Service |

A total of 1,465 people died of unintentional opioid overdoses in 2016, with another 469 to 562 suspected opioid-related deaths, according to new state data.

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