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How President Trump’s Tax Plan Gilds the Swamp

It will not come as a surprise to many that President Trump doesn’t know what he’s talking about when it comes to macro-economics or math. […]

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Boston City Council Votes to Ban Plastic Bags

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates as many as one trillion plastic bags—more than 31,700 per second—are used annually worldwide. But Boston will soon curb its contributions to that […]

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Massachusetts House Passes Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reforms

The Massachusetts House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a comprehensive criminal justice reform bill that would limit mandatory minimum sentences and ramp up punishments for certain […]

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Gov. Baker Reinstates State Hate-Crime Task Force

Following a spate of racist, anti-Semitic, and homophobic incidents in Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker reinstated a state hate-crimes task force that has been dormant since […]

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Massachusetts Just Banned Bump Stocks

Update, 3:45 p.m.: Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito has signed the state budget and the bump stock ban has become law, according to the State House […]

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The Republican Tax Plan Could Hurt Massachusetts Home Buyers

House Republicans have finally released their big tax overhaul plan on Thursday, and unsurprisingly, it did not go over well with the state’s lawmakers. If approved, […]

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Massachusetts Commission Approves Time Zone Change Proposal

Like horses and buggies, in-person shopping, and Blockbuster, another once-contemporary fact of life may become a relic of yesteryear: changing the clocks. Wednesday night, a […]

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Massachusetts May Change Time Zones

With our innovative startups, forward-thinking universities, and legendary sports teams, Massachusetts is definitely a couple steps ahead already. But now, a commission is exploring whether […]

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Trump Administration Denies Massachusetts Health Care Funding Request

Massachusetts will not receive additional federal funds to stabilize state insurance rates next year, officials announced Tuesday. Back in September, Gov. Charlie Baker’s office set […]

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Massachusetts State House Approves Bump Stock Ban

The Massachusetts House voted in favor of banning “bump stocks” for guns by a margin of 151-3 on Wednesday. When attached to a semiautomatic weapon, […]

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Massachusetts May Centralize Beaver Population Control

A slew of hunting and wildlife-related bills are under consideration this legislative session in Massachusetts, including one that would transfer control of the state’s beaver […]

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Governor Baker Announces Addiction Training Principles for Social Workers

Governor Charlie Baker unveiled guidelines for training social workers to tackle the opioid epidemic Tuesday, making Massachusetts the first in the nation to do so. The […]

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Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico Fund Sprints Toward $800,000 in Pledges

President Trump may be lambasting Puerto Rico for complicating the national budget, but Massachusetts residents are stepping up financially to help the island out. Officials […]

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Massachusetts Loses Under Trump’s New Tax Plan

Massachusetts taxpayers are set to lose out if President Trump’s new tax plan comes to fruition. The GOP proposal unveiled Wednesday would slash state and […]

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How Reverend Mariama White-Hammond Is Bridging Boston’s Racial Divide

The Reverend Mariama White-Hammond grew up straddling Boston’s racial divide. Now, she’s hoping an environmental crisis can bring us all together.