• Massachusetts July 29, 2022 7:41 pm

    Tax Rebate Checks Could Be Coming for Mass. Residents

    A state surplus could mean tax relief for residents, but it’s not a done deal.

  • tax relief July 30, 2022 7:15 am

    Baker's $3B Tax Relief Plan Could Face Last Minute Pushback From Lawmakers

    With Democrats heading into the weekend scrambling for a path forward on tax relief, House Speaker Ron Mariano said Friday that he is open to changing, delaying or spiking a 1986 voter law that appears poised to return nearly $3 billion to taxpayers. This week’s revelation that Massachusetts is on track to trigger a decades-old provision requiring excess tax collections…

  • Massachusetts July 22, 2022 8:47 am

    Negotiators ‘Far Apart' On Sports Betting: Mass. House Speaker

    House and Senate negotiators remain “far apart” on legislation that would legalize sports betting in Massachusetts, Speaker Ron Mariano said Thursday, and there’s no timeline for action on half a dozen other major bills bottled up in private talks. Mariano said he is “hopeful” the Legislature can reach agreement on a sports gambling bill his branch has long supported...

  • Massachusetts July 22, 2022 8:41 am

    Will Sports Betting Be Legalized in Mass.?

    House and Senate negotiators remain “far apart” on legislation that would legalize sports betting, Speaker Ron Mariano said Thursday, and there’s no timeline for action on half a dozen other major bills bottled up in private talks.

  • tax relief July 11, 2022 10:27 am

    Democratic Lawmakers Expand $500M Mass. Tax Relief Plans

    Democratic leaders of the Massachusetts House and Senate have agreed to a broad framework for up to $500 million in additional tax relief that would see credits for low-income earners, parents, renters and seniors expanded, and the “archaic elements” of the state’s estate tax reformed. The deal comes on the heels of last week’s announcement from House Speaker Ron...

  • Massachusetts July 7, 2022 11:30 pm

    Economic Relief Rebates for 2 Million in Mass. Proposed

    With inflation taking its toll, Massachusetts lawmakers have proposed a plan to offer one-time, $250 payments to middle-income residents.

  • Infrastructure June 23, 2022 11:49 pm

    Mass. House Drives Infrastructure Bill Up To $11 Billion

    The Massachusetts House took a major step Thursday toward injecting billions of dollars into work on the state’s transportation and environmental infrastructure, sending to the Senate a rewritten borrowing bill that includes hundreds of millions of dollars to fix glaring safety issues at the MBTA and explore a rail expansion in western Massachusetts. The House voted 155-0 in favor...

  • holidays December 24, 2021 9:56 am

    Political Harmony: Singing Mass. Politicians Share Their Naughty and Nice Lists

    Who’s on the naughty and nice lists of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, the state’s U.S. senators and other top politicians this holiday season? They offered a glimpse of that as they sang carols with Alison King for NBC10 Boston’s annual “Political Harmony” video — though some were more forthcoming than others. It is politics, after all! On the nice...

  • Political Harmony December 24, 2021 12:02 am

    Political Harmony in 2021

    In Alison King’s annual holiday tradition, big names across Massachusetts’ political landscape come together to sing “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town.”

  • paid leave September 27, 2021 3:13 pm

    Lawmakers Extending Mass. Paid COVID Leave Program Through Winter

    The Massachusetts House and Senate on Monday passed legislation extending the state’s COVID-19 emergency paid leave program, which is currently scheduled to expire on Thursday. Under the bill (H 4127), which also speaks to a public education campaign to promote the program’s availability, the program would be extended until April 1, 2022. Lawmakers sent the bill to Gov. Charlie Baker…

  • Ron Mariano June 15, 2021 11:56 pm

    Unknown to Most, Mass. House Speaker Voted Last Week From Florida

    Last week when lawmakers advanced an amendment to the state Constitution to raise taxes on millionaires, the light next to House Speaker Ron Mariano’s name on the voting board lit up green for “yea.” The same thing happened the next day, Thursday, when the House passed redistricting legislation and a spending bill that included a permanent expansion of voting...

  • Ron Mariano June 15, 2021 11:53 pm

    House Speaker Mariano Fitted With Pacemaker in Florida

    House Speaker Ron Mariano was recently hospitalized while in Florida and fitted with a pacemaker after experiencing “some medical discomfort,” according to a statement released by his office Monday evening, but the 74-year-old Quincy Democrat said he hopes to resume a full work schedule soon. Mariano, who took over the top job in the House last December, either returned or…

  • Ron Mariano May 26, 2021 1:26 pm

    Massachusetts House Speaker Apologizes for South End Car Theft Remark

    The Speaker of the Massachusetts House apologized for a comment he made about fearing his car would get stolen during a visit to the city’s South End, which one person criticized as “insulting.” Democrat Ron Mariano, 74, made the comment Tuesday at an event held by current state representative and mayoral candidate Jon Santiago in the city’s South End....

  • massachusetts politics December 30, 2020 6:16 pm

    Ron Mariano Elected Massachusetts House Speaker, Replacing DeLeo

    Quincy Democrat Ron Mariano was elected as the new speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives Wednesday, filling the role left vacant Tuesday by longtime Speaker Robert DeLeo. Mariano, 74, takes control of the House six days before the end of the unusual 2020-2021 lawmaking session. Mariano had 123 votes, while his Republican opponent, Minority Leader Brad Jones, received all…

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