• budget February 15, 2024 10:45 am

    Report warns of ‘economic act of god' threatening Boston's budget

    The persistent popularity of remote work and high interest rates have combined to form an “economic act of God” that puts Boston at risk of losing a chunk of its tax base by the end of the decade, according to a new report. Warning about the prospect of a “permanently diminished city,” think tank analysts said a sharp and steady…

  • transportation February 13, 2024 2:31 pm

    Can Gov. Healey ultimately keep her budget promises on transportation?

    While a new panel of government officials, transportation activists and commuters prepare for another round of investigation into how the state should fund roads and transit, Gov. Maura Healey will keep an open mind — including around the possibility of new or increased taxes. Healey neither embraced nor ruled out the idea of pursuing new tax or fee increases to…

  • Massachusetts February 12, 2024 5:35 pm

    Can Gov. Healey's budget keep its promises on transportation?

    With tax revenues coming in shorter than expected, it may be hard for Gov. Maura Healey to get her budget – and its promises for the MBTA and other transit projects – passed for 2025.

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  • Massachusetts February 7, 2024 7:48 pm

    How will low tax revenues affect plans for the Massachusetts 2025 budget?

    Beacon Hill lawmakers painted a bleak financial picture for Massachusetts on Wednesday. “We have our work cut out for us in the days ahead,” said Senate Ways and Means Chairman, Michael Rodrigues. “Winter isn’t just coming folks, it’s already here,” said House Ways and Means Chairman Aaron Michlewitz. January 2024 showed another shortfall in tax revenue, this time just...

  • Massachusetts February 7, 2024 5:56 pm

    How will low tax revenues affect plans for Massachusetts' 2025 budget?

    Gov. Maura Healey’s budget emphasizes housing, early child care and education, and also looks at transportation needs. But with lawmakers painting a bleak picture of the current financial situation, it may be an uphill battle to reach a final deal....


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  • Massachusetts January 25, 2024 5:44 pm

    Healey's fiscal year 2025 budget brings mixed reactions

    Mass. Gov. Maura Healey unveiled her fiscal year 2025 budget on Wednesday, bringing mixed reviews as budget hawks and Republicans read through the numbers. “It might be good enough for Gov. Healey but for the taxpayers of Massachusetts it’s definitely not good enough,” said Paul Craney of the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance. “We just had to adjust the projection for revenue…

  • budget January 12, 2024 10:44 am

    Activists push back on Gov. Healey's budget cuts to social services

    Activists from Massachusetts arrived at the State House Thursday to rally against Gov. Maura Healey’s plans to slash $375 million from this year’s budget. Chanting “rescind the cuts!” the Lift our Kids Coalition called on the governor to rethink the plan and the impacts it will have on social services that residents rely on. About $13 million will be cut…

  • Maura Healey January 11, 2024 6:59 pm

    Activists push back on Gov. Healey's budget cuts

    Chanting “rescind the cuts!” the Lift our Kids Coalition called on the governor to rethink the plan and the impacts it will have on social services that residents rely on.tiktok.com/@nbc10boston
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  • Massachusetts January 9, 2024 3:38 pm

    Activists decry major Mass. budget cut blocking 10% benefit bump for poor

    Activists are objecting to Gov. Maura Healey’s decision to cut funds that would benefit some of Massachusetts’ lowest-income residents, saying it will prevent an “urgently needed” 10% benefit bump that was schedule to take effect on April 1. The Lift Our Kids Coalition, which includes 160 organizations such as the Mass. Coalition for the Homeless and Greater Boston Food Bank,…

  • budget January 8, 2024 2:19 pm

    Gov. Healey hits reset button, announces $375 million budget cut

    Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey and her budget team hit the reset button Monday, announcing a plan to cut $375 million from the current year’s budget amid flagging tax collections, to downgrade the amount of tax revenue expected this budget year by $1 billion, and to build the next state spending plan on the assumption that even less tax revenue will…

  • budget December 27, 2023 2:52 pm

    $2.5B federal funding ‘error' still hanging over Mass. entering new year

    Exploding emergency shelter costs and lackluster tax collections have made headlines recently as Massachusetts budget stressors, but a roughly $2.5 billion error continues to lurk in the background as a potential costly wild card. More than six months after auditors discovered the Baker administration mistakenly used federal funds to pay jobless benefits during the COVID-19 emergency instead of the state’s…

  • Massachusetts December 4, 2023 6:38 pm

    Mass. lawmakers approve $3B spending bill

    The bill includes money for temporary shelter spaces for migrant homeless families, but not language to facilitate a New England Revolution stadium in Everett.

  • Massachusetts December 4, 2023 6:38 pm

    Mass. budget gets $3.1B boost after long legislative wrangling

    After weeks of legislative procrastination, parliamentary delays and finger-pointing, a $3.1 billion spending bill packed with money for the stretched-thin emergency shelter system and public worker raises was passed and signed into law on Monday. House Democrats were able to get a quorum of members together to push through a compromise on a long-overdue package they failed to wrap up…

  • Massachusetts August 9, 2023 1:05 pm

    Gov. Healey signs $56B Mass. budget after making one veto

    Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey signed into law most of a policy-filled $56 billion state budget for fiscal year 2024 on Wednesday, her most significant legislative action since she took office in January. The spending plan makes permanent a pandemic-era program providing free school meals to all students, clears the way for high school graduates without legal immigration status to access…

  • Massachusetts July 31, 2023 7:10 pm

    Mass. $56.2B state budget taps one-time state funds to fuel spending boost

    The Legislature in its new annual budget agreement used about $1 billion from the state’s new income surtax to push state spending up by more than $3.5 billion, but also tapped more than $600 million from other state funds and sources to fuel the spending surge. The record $56.2 billion fiscal 2024 budget that the House and Senate sent to…

  • Dudley June 29, 2023 9:34 pm

    Imminent budget cuts to leave Dudley with 2 firefighters per shift

    Firefighters in Dudley, Massachusetts, are sounding the alarm about staffing cuts they said are so significant, it will soon put public safety at risk. The cuts come as the town faces a budget crunch due to increasing costs for the regional school district. Dudley Fire Chief Dean Kochanowski said the situation is dire. The cuts mean starting July 1, he…

  • Massachusetts June 29, 2023 7:07 pm

    Dudley budget cuts to impact staffing at fire department

    Fire officials in Dudley say staffing cuts beginning July 1 will leave leave the town’s public safety teams extremely shorthanded.

  • food April 10, 2023 9:10 am

    How to Make C Salt Wine Bar & Grille's Malaysian Soup at Home

    We’re all looking to get the most bang for our buck, especially when it comes to delicious New England seafood. Chef Charles Withers, of C Salt Wine Bar & Grille, shares his Malaysian Soup recipe, and shows you how you can make it at home.

  • Massachusetts November 4, 2022 11:32 am

    After Cutting Tax Relief, Legislature Sends $3.8B Bill to Baker

    A day after negotiators announced a resolution to their months-long impasse, both branches gave final approval to the nearly $3.8 billion bill

  • Massachusetts November 2, 2022 3:34 pm

    Mass. House, Senate Strike $3.7B Budget Deal Including Energy Cost and MBTA Relief

    The House and Senate have struck an agreement on a combined economic development and supplemental budget bill that will include relief from high energy costs, money to boost housing production, “immediate assistance” for the MBTA and more, legislative leaders said Wednesday. Announcing that the $3.7 billion bill will be filed “imminently,” House Speaker Ronald Mariano and Senate President Karen Spilka…

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