For Boston subway riders, it seems every week brings a new tale of transit woe. There have been runaway trains, subway cars belching smoke and fire, fatal accidents, rush hour trains running on weekend schedules and brand-new subway cars pulled from service. The situation has stretched the nerves of riders, prompted a probe by the Federal Transit Administration and worried political leaders. One of the more maddening failures came in June when the MBTA temporarily sidelined all its new Orange and Red Line cars. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker says despite the troubles, the vast majority of trips end without drama.
BOSTON — House and Senate negotiators struck early morning agreements Monday on sports betting and mental health access but will keep a significant economic development bill in conference committee as they continue to wrestle with an existing law that could trigger nearly $3 billion in tax relief this year.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has signed a new state budget nearly a month into the 2023 fiscal year. He said the budget is in balance, doesn't rely on one-time revenues, and doesn't raise new taxes or fees. It also bans marriage for people under age 18.
A former Massachusetts state senator and Republican candidate for Congress has pleaded not guilty to charges including allegedly stealing a gun from an elderly constituent and misleading investigators about what happened. Dean Tran stated in court Thursday that he was “absolutely not guilty." Investigators said the 46-year-old used his position as a public official to intimidate the woman into parting with her late husband’s firearms, making her sign a pre-prepared contract and giving her $1,500 in cash for at least eight guns in June 2019. On Wednesday, Tran filed a lawsuit against Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey, calling the charges politically motivated.
A decorated Massachusetts State Police dog has been shot and killed by a man who had barricaded himself inside a home. Frankie, a nearly 11-year-old Belgian malinois, was the first state police dog to die in the line of duty. State Police Col. Christopher Mason said Frankie’s handler, Sgt. David Stucenski, was not injured. Stucenski and Frankie had won the state law enforcement Medal of Valor in 2017 for apprehending a suspect who opened fire on them, as well as three awards from the U.S. Police Canine Association in 2014.
The Legislature on Tuesday sent to Gov. Charlie Baker a bill seeking to shield providers from legal actions brought by other states and expanding and clarifying a woman's right to an abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy.
House and Senate leaders have agreed to expand access to abortions after 24 weeks of pregnancy in cases where a doctor has made a "grave diagnosis" about the ability of the fetus to survive after birth, representing a compromise on one of the more controversial elements of a bill intended to respond to the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.
Massachusetts House and Senate lawmakers have approved a compromise bill mandating some steps the state needs to take to meet a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The Massachusetts House approved the compromise bill on a 143-9 vote Thursday. The Senate then voted 38-2 in favor of the bill. The bill takes more aggressive steps toward battling tailpipe emissions. It would increase to $3,500 the rebate for qualifying purchases and leases of zero-emission passenger cars and light duty trucks. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has 10 days to review the legislation and decide whether to sign or veto it.
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s citizen board has rejected the latest effort to delay or kill a $1 billion power line. The next hurdle for the project lies with the state Supreme Court. The Board of Environmental Protection unanimously upheld the project permit on Thursday but required some stipulations including conserving additional land to offset for habitat impacts. Opponents of the project expressed disappointment with the decision. The project is funded by ratepayers in Massachusetts. Mainers voted to reject the project in a referendum last fall.
A bit of relief has arrived for drivers who sat in soul-crushing detoured traffic during the first weekend Sumner Tunnel closure of many planned in the coming months.
As Massachusetts climate policy negotiators close in on a compromise Wednesday afternoon, President Joe Biden made a stop in Somerset to highlight the environmental and economic promise of offshore wind and to pledge executive action to deal with the threats of climate change.
Senators will vote Thursday on a $4.3 billion economic development bill that would more than double the House-approved investment in human service provider rates and affordable housing construction, and take a different route to long-awaited tax reforms.
Senate President Karen Spilka on Monday did not rule out the Legislature attempting to revise the state's gun permit laws over the next two weeks to respond to the Supreme Court's ruling limiting the ability of states to restrict someone's ability to carry a firearm in public.