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“The problem with repealing an 18 cents gas tax is it feeds into a far right narrative that the problem is government, not Big Oil gouging consumers. Let’s pass @SenWhitehouse & my windfall profits tax instead to tax huge oil profits & put money back into the pockets of Americans.”

California Rep. Ro Khanna

President Biden urged Congress on Wednesday to suspend the federal gas tax of 18.3 cents per gallon for three months, marking the latest White House effort to contend with high inflation.

News By Category
Beltway Politics

Justice Department expands Jan. 6 probe with fresh subpoenas » Boston Globe

Rep. Pressley and Sen. Warren renew calls to cancel student debt » WGBH

Business

The stock market has tumbled quickly, and longtime savers are at a loss » Boston Globe

OPINION: Suspending the gas tax is a gimmick » Boston Globe

Startup Elucid hopes that AI can help cardiologists prevent heart attacks » Boston Globe

Japanese drug giant Takeda will move into 16-story building planned for Kendall Square » Boston Globe

Juul soon to be ordered off the market by FDA, report says » Boston Globe

Education

Progress stalls on agreement to avert Boston school takeover, city officials say » Boston Globe

Boston city and school officials push back on state's 'unrealistic timelines' for reforms » WBUR

Boston slams new state schools plan as moving sides ‘further apart’ as receivership looms » Boston Herald

Environment

Mass. officials suspect avian influenza is cause of seabirds’ deaths along coast, warn against handling them » Boston Globe

R.I. bans plastic bags at retailers statewide » Boston Globe

New England waters are teeming with fish species. The problem is we eat too few of them. » Boston Globe

Gaming

Leominster group pursuing fourth casino region » Commonwealth Magazine

Housing

How much do you need to earn to afford a house in Greater Boston? At least $181,000 a year, says new study. » Boston Globe

How to keep artists in Boston? The city seeks solutions » WBUR

Human Services

A winter count found fewer people living on Boston streets » Boston Globe

Grants that sustained state’s childcare industry set to expire » Commonwealth Magazine

Boston homelessness continues downward trend » Boston Herald

Judiciary

SJC agrees to hear moot DiMasi case » Commonwealth Magazine

Labor

Jury orders construction company to pay $650,000 to immigrant worker in retaliation case » Boston Globe

T ambassadors take the first formal step to unionize » WGBH

Politics

Sonia Chang-Díaz ends bid for Massachusetts governor » Boston Globe

Can you name the Massachusetts Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor? New poll has ‘disheartening’ results. » MassLive

Healey campaigns in Western Mass., reiterates commitment to affordable housing » Boston Globe

Public Health

Impatient for children’s vaccine after a long wait, parents scramble for appointments » Boston Globe

Public Safety

Six teenagers were involved in a robbery that killed a Weymouth high school student. So far, only one has been arrested. » Boston Globe

State Government

Gov. Baker signs bill ensuring mail-in ballots, early voting in Massachusetts » WBUR

Bucking party, Baker makes vote-by-mail permanent » Commonwealth Magazine

Taxation

Mass. legislative leaders respond to Biden’s call to suspend state gas tax: No way! » Boston Globe

Mass. high court rules ‘millionaires tax’ question was written ‘fairly.’ It goes before voters in November. » Boston Globe

Biden pushes Congress for a three-month gas tax holiday » Boston Globe

‘It’s time to act and cut taxes,’ Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says as he fights for gas tax holiday » MassLive

Transportation

OPINION: What’s really going on at the factory that’s building the T’s new subway cars? » Boston Globe

Rail experts say Orange Line battery ‘failure’ was likely a battery explosion; no answer from T » Boston Globe

‘A series of often tragic events’: MBTA safety oversight hearings to take a broad look at management, spending decisions, lawmakers say » MassLive

Will there be a passenger rail from North Adams to Boston? State presented updates to its ongoing study » Berkshire Eagle

Berkshire Flyer Is First Direct Rail Connection to NYC in 51 Years » iBerkshires

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Open Seat Elections 2022: MA House of Representatives
In our previous post, we highlighted the five elections for fall 2022 in the Massachusetts state senate in which an incumbent is not running for their current position. These “open seat” elections often present the most unpredictable results, especially when considering that certain legislative districts have been redrawn for the 2022 election. While each of the five senate elections could be impacted by these changes, this will have a much larger effect for the open seat elections in the House. Not only do senators represent a larger voting base than representatives, but there are also a whopping 20 open seats in the House, a total of 13% of all those in the legislature for 2022. Taking all this into account, these elections will be very important in determining the future of the legislature, which is why we have provided a detailed analysis of some of the most heated races this fall. Click to see more: https://blog.instatrac.com/blog/open-seat-elections-2022-ma-house-of-representatives

Press Releases

Loan Forgiveness Victory for LCSWs! » National Association of Social Workers - Massachusetts Chapter

STATEMENT: MIRA Coalition Praises End of Harmful “Remain in Mexico” Policy » Massachusetts Immigration and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

State Supreme Judicial Court rules that Republican-led effort to categorize universal mail-in voting as unconstitutional has merit » MassGOP

"Dorchester" Donnie Palmer is taking on AOC's socialist "squad," looks to knock out top member U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley this fall » MassGOP

The Boston Foundation announces responses to Dobbs decision on reproductive rights » The Boston Foundation

ACLU of Massachusetts Statement on Supreme Court Biden v. Texas Ruling » ACLU Massachusetts

Mayor Wu Announces $500,000 Awarded in Workforce Development Contracts for Artists and Creative Workers » City of Boston

Baker-Polito Administration Announces $9.5 Million in Community Investment Tax Credits to Support Community Development Corporations in Massachusetts » MA Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

MassDEP Penalizes Texas Mortgage Company for Violations of Waste Site Cleanup Regulations at Charlton Residence » MA Department of Environmental Protection

Baker-Polito Administration Awards $12.5 Million in Grants to Community Health Centers » MA Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Audit Recommends Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment Improve Administrative Practices to Better Serve Small Businesses » Office of MA State Auditor Suzanne Bump

Audit Provides Recommendations to Massachusetts Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division Based on a Failure to Meet Administrative Requirements » Office of MA State Auditor Suzanne Bump

Massachusetts public health officials confirm eight new monkeypox cases » MA Department of Public Health

Baker-Polito administration to distribute grants to support, expand access to healthy foods and physical activity in 42 cities and towns » MA Department of Public Health

Retail Electricity Supplier To Pay State More Than $1.65 Million » Office of MA Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Issues Statement Following Supreme Court Decision in West Virginia v. EPA » Office of MA Attorney General Maura Healey

AG Healey Issues Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Decision in ‘Remain in Mexico’ Case » Office of MA Attorney General Maura Healey

Senator Markey, Representative Titus Lead Colleagues in Congratulating Global Aids Coordinator on Confirmation, Urging Prioritization of LGBTQI+ Rights Globally » Office of U.S. Senator Ed Markey

Senators Markey, Warren and Assistant Speaker Clark Urge Tenet Healthcare to Reconsider Closure of Oncology Departments at Metrowest Medical Center » Office of U.S. Senator Ed Markey

Senator Markey Statement on ‘Dangerous’ West Virginia v. EPA Decision » Office of U.S. Senator Ed Markey


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