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State: Health care costs rose 2.3% in 2013


Total spending on health care in Massachusetts topped $50 billion in 2013, an increase of 2.3 percent that fell below the state's cost growth benchmark but largely reflected similar national trends...

DOR offers tax amnesty program this fall

John Agoglia |

Some 300,000 businesses and individuals will get a chance to pony up back taxes without a penalty this fall under a new two-month-long amnesty program, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR)...

Charlton firm to aid Trident Sub supply program

John Agoglia |

Safety Source – Northeast, a Charlton-based wholesale distributor of safety products, has secured a long-term deal with Georgia's Trident Submarine Refit Facility, which provides industrial and...

Gardner receives brownfields grant

John Agoglia |

As part of an additional $3.275 million in supplemental funding for communities in New England to carry out cleanup and redevelopment projects at contaminated brownfields properties, Gardner has...

State announces workspace grants for Gateway Cities

Emily Micucci |

Entrepreneurs in the state's Gateway Cities can now apply for up to $2 million in matching grants to support creation of collaborative workspaces that promote innovation, the Massachusetts Executive...

Patrick denies tax cut for greyhound simulcast


Arguing it would sap $600,000 budgeted for the Gaming Commission, Gov. Deval Patrick sent back to the Legislature a bill that would lower the state's take on greyhound simulcast wagers.

Webster medical transport firm owner sentenced

John Agoglia |

A week after pleading guilty to more than a dozen counts of fraud and larceny, the owner of a medical transportation company in Webster has been sentenced to a year and a half in jail and ordered to...

State says tax holiday cost it $26M in revenue


Consumers saved an estimated $25.9 million in foregone sales tax during last weekend's sales tax holiday, according to the Department of Revenue (DOR), which will issue a report on the impacts as...

Democratic governor candidates spar over casinos

State House News Service |

With three weeks until primary polls open, the three Democrats vying to succeed Gov. Deval Patrick debated everything Tuesday from the legalization of marijuana to indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry and...

Central Mass. gained jobs in July

Rick Saia |

Central Massachusetts saw healthy job gains last month among the commonwealth's overall gain of nearly 14,000 jobs in July, data from the Patrick administration revealed Tuesday.

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