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Lawmakers agree to Aug. 16-17 sales tax holiday

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

Lawmakers opted to give shoppers a break from the state’s sales tax on the third weekend of August, under a compromise economic development bill.

Tax holiday weekend date in limbo

State House News Service |

Those counting on a tax break in mid-August still have to wait to find out what day to head to the stores. Both the House and the Senate passed the annual sales-tax holiday, but lawmakers disagree...

Lawmakers lay out new standards in technology bond bill

MICHAEL NORTON STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

Legislative negotiators on Beacon Hill have agreed to a consensus multi-year technology bond bill that includes $5 million to improve wireless access at the State House and several directives aimed...

Patrick agrees to Sunday AM liquor sales

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

Gov. Deval Patrick last week signed a bill allowing retail liquor stores to start selling alcohol at 10 a.m. on Sundays, instead of noon.

Mercury negotiators reach deal on recycling

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

House and Senate negotiators on Wednesday evening broke through with a compromise on mercury thermostat recycling legislation that has been tied up in conference since last December.

State recovers $15.6M in underground economy violations

Emily Micucci |

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) said a task force recovered $15.6 million in unpaid wages, back taxes, unemployment insurance premiums, fines and penalties after...

Report: Devens jobs, businesses on rise

Emily Micucci |

A report by the UMass Donahue Institute shows that employment, wages, and the number of businesses in Devens all increased between 2013 and 2014, generating economic benefits for the broader Bay...

Senator hopeful on substance abuse bill accord

COLLEEN QUINN STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

Bills aimed at curbing the Massachusetts opioid epidemic in part by making substance abuse services more easily accessible are still being ironed out by lawmakers who think they can reconcile the...

Ten area communities receive block grants

Ten Central Massachusetts communities will receive federal community development block grants that total about $6.6 million for a variety of uses, notably housing and infrastructure upgrades.

Judge OKs delay in Partners deal

GINTAUTAS DUMCIUS STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

A Superior Court judge on Thursday signed off on Atty. Gen. Martha Coakley's request to delay a hearing and a decision on a proposed agreement between her office and Partners HealthCare...

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