Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey is raising personal privacy concerns after Amazon unveiled a plan for delivering packages by aerial drones.
It sounds like an idea from The Jetsons - or maybe a shrewd marketing technique to get more people shopping on Cyber Monday. In an interview with 60 Minutes, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said the company is developing flying drones that will deliver packages to customers' doorsteps in 30 minutes or less. He says the technology is four to five years from becoming reality.
The Massachusetts Senate is expected to debate a bill next week that would raise the minimum wage from $8 per hour to $11 per hour by 2016, giving the state the highest minimum wage in the country.
Many business groups are shocked over the size of the increase. Bill Vernon with the National Federation of Independent Business said the hike would cost the state jobs, hurt teen employment, and make Massachusetts non-competitive.
"I can't believe the president cut into my time with you!"
Fresh off a news conference held by President Barack Obama in which he addressed problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick joined Boston Public Radio hosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan in Studio 3 for his monthly Ask the Governor segment.
Some people suffering the effects of Lyme disease are asking Massachusetts lawmakers to require insurance companies to pay for long term antibiotic treatment. But studies have not found the treatment to be effective.
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley kicked off her campaign for Governor of Massachusetts on Monday.
Coakley said she’s learned some lessons from her 2010 loss to Republican Scott Brown for the vacant U.S. Senate seat left after the death of Ted Kennedy. It was a stunning upset that rocked the Democratic Party at home and nationally.
In a major reversal, Massachusetts legislative leaders are calling for the repeal of an unpopular 6.25 percent sales tax on business and software services.
It’s almost unheard of for the legislature to pass and then repeal a significant tax like this. The computer services tax was passed in July over the objections of some in the business community. The lobbying grew fiercer over the summer, convincing the governor and then the legislative leaders to reconsider the tax they initially supported.
The race to succeed Deval Patrick as Governor of Massachusetts just got interesting – at least as far as I am concerned.
Juliette Kayyem, a former official in the administrations of Patrick and President Barack Obama, filed papers Tuesday morning with the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance forming a committee to run for governor. (Kayyem’s papers-below- were time stamped at 8:59 AM.)
We've all been caught between a rock and a hard place, and that's exactly where state Senator Dan Wolf finds himself. He's being asked to choose between the business he spent the last 25 years building and his political aspirations.
Massachusetts state senators are maneuvering to become the next Senate president.
Fueled by speculation that Senate President Therese Murray, one of the most powerful politicians at the state, could be headed for the door, senators are already lining up votes to replace Murray, suggesting that her departure could be imminent.
Murray would step down as president by the end of March 2015 in any case, because of term limit rules.
Massachusetts welfare officials and local law enforcement are teaming up with the feds to crack down on trafficking of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, formerly known as food stamps.
Until now, local law enforcement had the power to go after food stamp recipients engaging in fraud, but not retailers. This agreement gives them that authority.
James Arena-Derosa is with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the food stamp program.
Massachusetts lawmakers have voted to override Gov. Deval Patrick's veto of a transportation financing bill.
Patrick vetoed the bill after lawmakers rejected his demand to add a provision allowing for a gas tax increase if tolls on the western portion of the Massachusetts Turnpike come down as scheduled in 2017.
The House voted 123-33 to override Patrick's veto. The Senate followed a short time later, voting 35-5 to override.
The bill contains a 3 cent per gallon hike in the gas tax, along with a $1 per pack increase in the cigarette tax.
This week the stories that flew under the radar this week include a new study documents the billion dollar tax contributions of undocumented workers, JP’s Hyde Square Task Force buys a church, and a new grassroots effort
Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo during a press conference at the Statehouse in Boston Thursday, April 21, 2011 where he discussed and unveiled legislation designed to overhaul the state Probation Department.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick vetoed a major transportation financing bill approved by the legislature, saying it is “not good enough” in a statement released Friday.
Governor Patrick has said he’d rather go back to the drawing board then sign the bill as it stands now. The governor said he was vetoing the bill with "mixed emotions" because the current version does allow for new investment in the state’s transportation network, according to his statement.
The Massachusetts House defeated Governor Deval Patrick's proposed change to a bill to pay for transportation improvements on Wednesday. Patrick has said he will veto the legislation if it doesn't include his amendment.
This is a fight about gas taxes, and it comes at a time when gas prices in Massachusetts are already rising.
Massachusetts Govenor Deval Patrick stopped by the WGBH studios on Thursday to talk with Boston Public Radio hosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan. Jim and Margery spoke with Gov. Patrick about a host of issues ranging from his new grandson, to cameras in the courtroom, to the much-contested state budget.
On the budget and the transportation bill:
He said the budget will hold tuition and fee hikes this year and does a little better in early education.
MIT police officer Sean Collier was on the verge of realizing his dream of becoming a Somerville police officer when he was murdered in the line of duty. On Friday, his family met with Governor Deval Patrick and local law enforcement officials at the State House in service of that dream.
Sean Collier had already been offered the job as a Somerville police officer and was planning to join the department when he was shot and killed by the Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick joined Boston Public Radio's Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Tuesday. He fielded calls from listeners on topics ranging from intelligence gathered about the Boston Marathon bombings, to welfare reform and the EBT scandal, to his new position as grandfather. Listen to the full segment with Gov. Patrick below.
Massachusetts lawmakers are set to take up a budget bill that calls for $115 million in new spending while also transfering money from the state's "rainy day" fund to offset a projected shortfall in tax revenues.