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Beacon Hill closing in on final spending bill

In the words of Buffalo Springfield’s Stephen Stills, “There’s something happening here, but what it is ain’t exactly clear.” The House yesterday met for its usual Monday informal session, but adjourned to meet next on Wednesday instead of its traditional Thursday, signaling leaders may be preparing to bring something significant to the floor for a vote. That something […]

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Relationship between City Hall and State House not what it used to be

It’s always sad to see a strong bromance die, or at least lose its spark. It’s not that Baker Gov. Charlie Baker and U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh are no longer friends. It’s just that these days they’re in different places in their lives. For instance, while Baker is fundraising for Rhode Island Republican Congressional hopeful Allan Fung, Walsh […]

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Fight intensifies over who will be on hook for millionaire’s tax

New research published by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center aims to undercut one of the central arguments against the millionaire’s tax – that it would impact neighborhood small business owners. MassBudget’s Kurt Wise writes that fewer than seven of every thousand tax filers in Massachusetts have income over $1 million, including small businesses owners. And while […]

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Healey and Diehl tussle over tax pledge

Early in-person voting starts Saturday. You can find local hours and locations here. According to the secretary of state’s office, 1.07 million voters, or 22.1 percent, have requested mail in ballots so far, and already 151,407 have been returned with votes cast. For those who are still waiting to vote, Democrat Maura Healey and Republican Geoff Diehl squared […]

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Poll reveals voter frustration with transit, roads and bridges

EXCLUSIVE: Attorney General Maura Healey is launching a new ad today across broadcast, cable, and streaming titled “Team Player.” The spot features supporters of Healey passing a basketball from frame to frame explaining why they want the Democrat to be the next governor. Creating job, cutting taxes, protecting reproductive rights and lowering the cost of living are all listed as […]