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Businesses will pay lower assessment rate on workers' comp policies

The Baker-Polito administration will reduce the assessment employers pay to the state on workers’ compensation insurance policies by .05 percent, offering companies some tax relief.

U.S. jobless rate falls to seven-year low

Carol McDonald |

The nation's unemployment rate dropped to 5.3 percent in June, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Thursday. The rate fell from May's 5.5 percent to its lowest level in seven years.

Best thing about libraries? 'Books.'

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

After 32 years of public service, reference librarian Pam Schofield of the state library has come to The End.Schofield, who's taking the Baker...

Obamacare risk adjustment to transfer funds among insurers

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

Health insurers say new payments they face in connection with the Affordable Care Act could drive up premiums on individuals and small businesses and punish companies that are focusing on more...

State takes ‘soft’ approach as sick-time law takes effect

Emily Micucci |

Massachusetts’ new sick time law went into effect today, opening up access to paid sick time leave to over a million people as state officials allow businesses to become acclimated to the...

Health Connector chief: We can't change risk-adjustment process

Emily Micucci |

The head of the state agency that helps enroll uninsured residents with health care coverage said he can't make changes to the state's risk adjustment program, a feature of the Affordable Care Act...

Record sales have Mass. Lottery on track to hit $935M in profits

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

Treasurer Deb Goldberg earlier this year downgraded the state Lottery's profit estimate and as the fiscal year closes, the agency is on track to meet that revised target on the strength...

Sutton brownfield to get cleaned up and back in business

Attorney General Maura Healey has entered into a brownfields agreement for the redevelopment and reuse of a parcel in Sutton once occupied by Master Metals Industries, creating six new jobs in the...

Healey, Markey disappointed by Supreme Court’s ruling on power plant

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down Obama administration efforts to rein in air pollution from power plants, saying the Environmental Protection Agency had improperly failed to consider...

Police chief sees reduction in heroin, opiate deaths

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

There are "early indications" that deaths associated with heroin and opiate abuse are beginning to go down in Massachusetts, State Police Superintendent Tim Alben said during a press...

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