Posted inState Government

Baker tax relief bill clears committee mostly intact

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE LEGISLATURE’S Revenue Committee advanced a $600 million tax relief package on Friday, but the panel’s House chairman said the measure remains a work in progress. The committee voted 17-0, according to House chairman Rep. Mark Cusack, to advance a redraft of Gov. Charlie Baker’s tax relief plan that does not […]

Posted inGuns

Mass. concealed-carry law threatened by Supreme Ct. decision

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE IN A RULING praised by gun rights advocates, the US Supreme Court on Thursday struck down New York’s concealed-carry gun licensing law with a decision that Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said flouts hundreds of years of state-level gun regulation and “poses a grave danger” to people traveling in public spaces. […]

Posted inEconomy

Raytheon moving headquarters to Virginia

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE IN A BLOW to Massachusetts, Waltham-based Raytheon Technologies is moving its global headquarters to Arlington, Virginia. Raytheon announced its plans Tuesday, saying a headquarters in Virginia “increases agility in supporting US government and commercial aerospace customers and serves to reinforce partnerships that will progress innovative technologies to advance the industry.” The […]

Posted inCriminal Justice

State preparing to close down Walpole prison

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE OFFICIALS plan to wind down operations at MCI-Cedar Junction in Walpole, one of the state’s oldest correctional facilities. The Department of Correction on Thursday announced a two-year, phased plan to “suspend housing operations” at the maximum-security prison, which is currently operating at 68 percent capacity with about 525 inmates. The […]

Posted inUncategorized

Groups call for making online meeting access permanent

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE DARKNESS OF the pandemic brought a surprise element of transparency to government, and a range of groups, including those representing individuals with disabilities, this week are calling on the Governor’s Council to resume online streaming of meetings where elected officials vet judicial candidates. “In the case of government entities based […]

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Wu proposes restricting ‘targeted residential picketing’

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE BOSTON MAYOR Michelle Wu, who has regularly encountered protesters outside her home, filed a proposed ordinance Monday to put new rules in place restricting demonstrations that target a particular residence. The proposal would address what the mayor’s office describes as targeted residential picketing, or “picketing, protesting, or demonstrating, with or without […]

Posted inCriminal Justice

Needham police officer charged with insider trading

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE TWO MEN  from Needham,  one of them a police officer, and a Rhode Island man were arrested Wednesday in connection with an alleged conspiracy to trade based on inside information. US Attorney Rachael Rollins announced the arrests, with her office saying the charges stem from information shared about the planned acquisition […]