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Hurricane Lee mostly misses Massachusetts but hits surge pricing in rideshare apps

Hurricane Lee may have spared Massachusetts for the most part, but Uber and Lyft drivers say the storm dealt them another kind of blow not visible on radar.  Surge pricing was cut off in rideshare apps on Friday afternoon when Gov. Maura Healey declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm’s anticipated punch. State law forbids ride apps to charge […]

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New construction in Massachusetts still has natural gas hookups, despite movement to ban fossil fuels

As attention turns to electrifying the power grid in an effort to wean the state off natural gas dependence and meet mid-century emissions goals, developers say the time for natural gas has still not passed. Massachusetts is rolling out a major initiative to retrofit existing homes and buildings — the second-biggest polluters after fossil-fuel-guzzling planes, trains and […]

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Officials want feds, not Bay Staters on hook for costs to house, feed thousands of incoming migrants

A top House lawmaker said his chamber is bracing for an eventual spending bill to cover the growing costs of delivering emergency shelter and services to an increasing number of legal immigrants and families in need of support. It’s a “multibillion-dollar question,” Milton Rep. William Driscoll told MASSterList, referring to how much taxpayers from Massachusetts […]

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Massachusetts criminal justice system ‘failing’ young adults, bill would treat offenders 18 to 21 as juveniles

Society has deemed adults must mature to at least 21 before they can legally smoke, drink, gamble and buy guns but when it comes to the criminal justice system, adults “age in” at the ripe age of 18. A new Senate committee is exploring the impacts of keeping older teenagers and emerging adults in the juvenile justice […]

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Massachusetts law doesn’t always recognize parental rights for same-sex, non-traditional mothers and fathers

Lawmakers have returned to action from their summer slumber with plenty on their plates. But if history is any indication, progress is likely to be slow for the thousands of other bills up for consideration this session — which formally ends next August.  One bill that Truro Sen. Julian Cyr said should see action this […]

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Cannabis reform aims to level playing field for Massachusetts businesses who don’t want to pay to play

Come November, the Cannabis Control Commission will roll out new regulations meant to lend the commission more control over local host agreements between cities and towns and marijuana businesses, cap impact fees communities can assess on businesses, allow for social consumption sites and remove barriers to entry for people with criminal records. Host community agreements and the […]

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Shelter resources spread thin prompt local backlash over state right-to-shelter mandate

Some Bay State communities are starting to pull back the welcome mat for homeless families after a surge in need for emergency shelter space has left resources — and local patience — spread thin amid an ongoing rise in demand.  With the number of families currently in need of emergency shelter still growing and overwhelming community resources, […]

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Ballot question smorgasbord faces reality with Attorney General’s announcement today

The tragic R.J. Oppenheimer thought he was doing something powerful and good, and so does Rep. Mike Connolly… and so did Mike Dukakis and so did Cathy Judd-Stein and — well, state government is replete with cases where leaders proposed or effected explosive change, only to have it, um, bomb. John Keller explains in his […]

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Child and family tax credit: highly popular and waiting for action

Over three-quarters of Bay Staters support the crown jewel centerpiece of state officials’ long-promised, and long-delayed, tax relief plan — though there’s no word on when it might be delivered to them, as lawmakers enter their sixth week of a long summer break. A new poll by MassINC and sponsored by the Economic Security Project found that 77 […]