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New fed rules may force Mass. action on PFAS
04-11-2024 11:01 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

Nearly 200 water systems across Massachusetts — including towns, schools and hospitals — will likely need to take some action to comply with new federal limits on “forever chemicals” in drinking water, state regulators said Wednesday, a potentially...

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UMass trustees OK 2.5% tuition increase
04-03-2024 5:06 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON – The University of Massachusetts has taken a step toward hiking tuition and room and board charges for next academic year, but some trustees said Wednesday the proposed increases are not high enough and one said the status quo would be...


Consolidation, caps urged to speed clean energy permitting across state
04-02-2024 4:19 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — In anticipation of a boom in clean energy projects needed to help the state meet its decarbonization targets, a group put together by the governor rolled out recommendations Monday for ways to streamline and accelerate the siting and...


Mass. AG launches youth sports betting safety coalition
03-30-2024 11:34 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — With college sports tournaments taking place at both ends of Massachusetts this week, Attorney General Andrea Campbell on Thursday announced the launch of a public-private partnership to focus on the risks of sports betting and gambling among...


Healey: Let’s focus on those facing MCAS hurdle
03-20-2024 10:59 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — Gov. Maura Healey’s team is looking into what more the state can do to help high school students who do not pass the MCAS exam, but she gave voice Tuesday to her opposition to a potential ballot question that would force the state to stop...


Sunshine week meets shade on Beacon Hill
03-15-2024 10:38 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote in 1913 that “sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants,” and Bay Staters on both ends of the political spectrum agreed this week that Beacon Hill could stand to open the curtains quite a...


New director seen as ‘major step’ at Cannabis Commission
03-11-2024 8:47 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — Aiming to have its new executive director on board by this summer, the Cannabis Control Commission spent hours Thursday crafting the contours of the job and detailing what qualities a successful applicant will demonstrate.The CCC has not had...


Crash data points to ‘crisis’ on Mass. roads
02-29-2024 7:01 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

Safety on Massachusetts roadways is “at a crisis level,” the state highway administrator told lawmakers this week as he detailed steps the Department of Transportation has taken to try to prevent some of the most dangerous and deadly situations and to...


Lottery launching ‘Jaws’ ticket into its pool
02-28-2024 12:36 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

With no significant jackpots at stake last month, sales at the Massachusetts Lottery were down nearly $34 million compared to last January, the agency’s head reported to the Lottery Commission on Tuesday.Executive Director Mark William Bracken said...


Ratepayers fed up with high energy costs
02-27-2024 10:42 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — From the edge of the Atlantic Ocean in Lynn to the state’s western border in Richmond, people in Massachusetts are letting the state know how they feel about wallet-busting energy bills.“I struggle to pay my bills, my electric runs $250 a...


Report examines migrant jobs, earnings prospects
02-11-2024 12:10 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

Immigrants who settle and find work in Massachusetts provide “a direct economic benefit to the region in which they are working in both the value of work produced and in added local spending power,” according to a new report that lands as...


Polls find Massachusetts voters locked in on immigration issue
02-09-2024 2:57 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

Two polls released this week gave mixed signals regarding voters’ feelings about the job Gov. Maura Healey is doing and the level of support for Nikki Haley here ahead of next month’s presidential primary, but what was clear from both surveys was that...


Healey nominates Appeals Court veteran, ex-partner, for SJC
02-07-2024 4:28 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

Gov. Maura Healey on Wednesday nominated Appeals Court Judge Gabrielle Wolohojian to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Judicial Court, elevating to the state’s highest court the longtime appellate judge who is also the governor’s former domestic...


January tax slump in Massachusetts creates new budget pressure
02-06-2024 10:57 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON – Make it seven months.Having already made mid-year budget cuts and dimmed the outlook for tax collections through June based on six consecutive months of underwhelming receipts, the state reported Monday that tax revenue came in below even...


Judge: Goldberg may pursue disciplinary meeting with suspended CCC chair O’Brien
12-26-2023 11:58 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — A Superior Court judge ruled Friday that Treasurer Deborah Goldberg can go ahead with the meeting that could lead to the firing of suspended Cannabis Control Commission Chairwoman Shannon O’Brien and also cautioned the parties that “political...


Big issues clear signatures bar as state ballot measures 
11-23-2023 7:00 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

Leaders of at least a half-dozen initiative petition campaigns working toward the November 2024 ballot said Wednesday they had collected at least enough signatures to meet an end-of-the-day deadline and to put their policy ideas in front of the...


Mass. lawmakers: Immigrants can plug gaping labor force holes
09-21-2023 7:55 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

With Massachusetts straining under an overburdened emergency shelter system and staring down a shortfall of workers, a group of more than 60 Bay State lawmakers is sending a letter urging the White House and Congress to work with haste to find a...


Goldberg suspends Cannabis Control Commission Chairwoman Shannon O’Brien
09-15-2023 5:19 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — Cannabis Control Commission Chairwoman Shannon O’Brien was suspended from her position Thursday by Treasurer Deborah Goldberg, who chose her for the job a year ago, as upheaval continues to collide with the CCC’s hefty regulatory and policy...


Healey: Farm Resiliency Fund may stick around
09-08-2023 5:08 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

More than 200 farms across western and central Massachusetts started receiving checks last week from the Massachusetts Farm Resiliency Fund, which was launched by the Healey administration and United Way of Central Massachusetts after devastating...


MCAS critics, supports forming battle lines over exam
09-07-2023 4:58 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — Critics and supporters of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) are gearing up for a fight in the wake of Attorney General Andrea Campbell’s ruling this week that two proposed ballot questions related to the role of the...


DPU moves to smooth electric bill spikes
09-07-2023 2:22 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

State utility overseers have ordered Eversource and National Grid to split two of the coldest (and often most costly) months of the year into two procurement and billing periods, implementing an idea that Maura Healey’s office proposed when she was...

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