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Charlie Baker Just Signed Off on a $15 Minimum Wage

A $15 minimum wage has long been a goal of activists around the country and in Massachusetts, a hard number to strive for in an […]

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Massachusetts Legislature Passes Bill for $15 Minimum Wage

With the flick of Gov. Charlie Baker’s pen, Massachusetts could join New York and California to become the third state in the country with a […]

In this June 18, 2018 photo, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen speak to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. Nielsen is drafting an executive action for President Donald Trump that would direct DHS to keep families apprehended at the border together during detention. That's according to two people familiar with her thinking who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the effort before its official announcement. It's unclear whether the president is supportive of the measure.
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Protesters Disrupted Kirstjen Nielsen’s Dinner at a Todd English Restaurant in Washington, D.C.

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen fled a restaurant led by Boston based-chef Todd English on Tuesday night—but it had nothing to do with his […]

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The Supreme Judicial Court Just Killed the Millionaire’s Tax

So that’s that. After a long wait for a decision that will have widespread political consequences in the state, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled against […]

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Poll: Preserving the Transgender Protections Law Is No Sure Thing

Activists for transgender rights had a lot to celebrate in 2016 when they successfully fought for a bill that would shield the trans community from discrimination […]

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Poll: Massachusetts Wants the Millionaire’s Tax

Looks like Massachusetts really wants millionaires to pay more in taxes. A new poll out from WBUR and the MassINC Polling Group today finds that support […]

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New Report Finds Cost of Boston Harbor Wall Outweighs Benefits

Build the wall, they chanted. It will solve the problem, they believed. Price tag, shmice tag, they smirked. Not so fast, the researchers said. A […]

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To Bet or Not to Bet? Massachusetts Is Weighing Sports Gambling

We legalized casinos, paving the way (eventually) for three licensed casinos in the state. We let the same-day fantasy industry thrive in the home of Draft Kings. We may soon […]

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Airbnb Is Calling App Users in Boston to Rally Support

As the battle over Airbnb regulations rages in Boston, the room-sharing service has begun calling users of its app directly, several people reported over the weekend. During […]

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House Speaker Robert DeLeo Indicates Support for “Red Flag” Legislation

A bill that would allow courts to temporarily confiscate the firearms of individuals determined to pose a threat to themselves or others will soon be […]

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Massachusetts Students Will Participate in National School Walkout for Gun Reform on Friday

On the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School, thousands of students across the country—including in Massachusetts—will walk out of class in protest […]

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State House Unveils Sweeping Criminal-Justice Reform Package

Criminal justice in Massachusetts could be headed for an overhaul. On Friday, state lawmakers submitted a comprehensive legislative package that repeals mandatory-minimum sentences for “low-level” drug […]

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What You Need to Know about Boston’s March for Our Lives

Update: Tens of thousands made their way to Boston Common to take part in the March for Our Lives, joining in a nationwide day of protest. Since […]

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Massachusetts Voters Support Tighter Gun Laws, Student Protests

Though the students leading the Never Again movement for gun control may not be old enough to head to the polls themselves, Massachusetts voters are […]

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Massachusetts’ New Marijuana Regulations Are In, On Schedule

Massachusetts just got a whole lot closer to welcoming its first-ever recreational marijuana shops, and it looks like they’ll be in business on schedule at the […]