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Sales tax holiday gets go-ahead for Aug. 15-16

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Massachusetts lawmakers on Wednesday poured millions of dollars back into the state budget over Gov. Charlie Baker's objections and approved a two-day tax holiday designed to trade expected revenues...

Spending, tax holiday bring lawmakers back to the hill

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The House and Senate plan to meet Wednesday in rare simultaneous formal sessions with the goal of restoring vetoed spending to the state budget, reconciling unresolved policy matters in the annual...

Mass. pay equity bill up for committee vote

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Lawmakers plan to move Wednesday on legislation aimed at strengthening the state's gender pay equity law, which would free up private sector workers to share information on salaries without fear of...

Beaton: Hydropower key to meeting state emissions target

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Passage of the hydropower bill Gov. Charlie Baker filed with the Legislature earlier this month will be "truly essential" if the state is to meet the emissions reduction goals of its...

UMass-Lowell may get first female chancellor

Colin A. Young STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

After looking all around the world for a new chancellor, the University of Massachusetts-Lowell Chancellor Search Committee on Monday realized it needed not look any further than the Mill City.

USOC drops Boston as Olympic host city

By Michael Norton and Andy Metzger STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

The U.S. Olympic Committee and Boston 2024 are dropping Boston as the nation's potential host city for the 2024 Summer Olympics, ending a months-long debate over what Gov. Charlie Baker called a...

Mass. Senate lifts solar cap as part of climate change bill

BY MATT MURPHY AND ANDY METZGER STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE |

In an effort to help facilitate the state's goal of developing 1,600 megawatts of solar power by 2020, the Senate voted Thursday to raise the cap on the amount of solar power that can be sold back to...

Officials reconsidering license suspensions for drug offenders

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Law enforcement is coalescing around proposed legislation to repeal a law that mandates the automatic suspension of someone's driver's license if they are convicted of a drug offense, regardless of...

State to aid upgrades at Central Mass. YMCAs

Carol McDonald |

The YMCA of Central Massachusetts will install improvements at its five branches, using money from the state's finance and development agency.

State tax collections beat benchmarks for fiscal year

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The state took in nearly 6 percent more revenue for the just-completed fiscal year, nearly $400 million above the benchmarks that Gov. Charlie Baker and the Democratic-controlled...

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