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House speaker opposes potential sales tax reduction

State House News Service |

House Speaker Robert DeLeo said lowering the tax rate now, after a prolonged recovery, would put Massachusetts in a "precarious financial situation."

When the Patriots win, so does Bay State Apparel

Ever wonder how sports championship merchandise hits retail stores so soon after a victory? If you bought a Patriots Super Bowl winning T-shirt or hat right after the big game this past February, you...

Mass. retail group may call for tax cut

State House News Service |

There may be a major tax cut competing with the significant tax increase that's already being prepared for the 2018 ballot in Massachusetts.

Marlborough 43-acre development adding office space

Construction has begun on the first phase of what will be a 114,000-square-foot office or medical building at the Apex Center of New England, a 43-acre development on Route 20 in Marlborough.

State leaders battling over legal-pot oversight

State House News Service |

Senate President Stan Rosenberg joined his House counterpart in questioning whether the treasurer's office should retain full control over the regulatory body that will enforce legalized marijuana...

Cities and towns want more say on outlawing pot shops

State House News Service |

Communities are urging lawmakers to let them restrict or prohibit commercial marijuana sales by a vote of the municipal legislative body, rather than a community-wide referendum.

Mercantile Center replacing long-dead Worcester Galleria

Grant Welker |

New spaces along the edges of the center's towers are envisioned as restaurants and other retail uses that will enliven a development with 642,000 square feet of space – almost 30 percent of...

Four new plans for vacant Worcester courthouse

Grant Welker |

A $35-million proposal for the former Worcester County Courthouse calls for 300 market-rate apartments in two new buildings and a reuse of the 1800s court building with office and retail space.

Mass. needs to update alcohol laws


Our state's alcohol statutes, which were put in place in 1933, lack the cohesiveness that businesses and the ABCC require to operate efficiently and effectively.

Great Wolf Lodge anchors Fitchburg's tourist economy

Laura Finaldi |

Since it opened in May 2014, the city of Fitchburg has generated nearly $2 million in hotel occupancy tax from Great Wolf Lodge, including just over $1 million in 2016 alone.

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