• News for Public Policy

    Wednesday, April 17, 2019
    By Eli Sherman Wicked Local   Posted Apr 8, 2019 at 9:00 AM Updated Apr 8, 2019 at 9:54 AM   The Massachusetts transportation system is a mess.   The problems are myriad, but generally speaking, fewer people are using public transportation at a time when population is growing. What public transportation does exist, isn’t designed well enough to get people where they need to go ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 17, 2019
    Information relative to the Ayer Rail Trail Commuter Parking and Access Improvement Project On April 29, 2019 construction will commence on the Ayer Rail Trail Commuter Parking and Access Improvement Project. As a result, the Ayer Rail Trail Parking Lot will be closed for construction from April 29, 2019 through December 31, 2019. This project has been in the making for over 20 years and we are ...read more
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    Thursday, April 11, 2019
    Featured Articles for April 2019  Six Tips for Last-Minute Tax Filers If you've been procrastinating about filing your tax return this year, here are six tips that might help.The Qualified Small Business Stock Exclusion Small businesses benefit from numerous tax breaks. One of them is the Qualified Small Business Stock exclusion. If you're thinking about investing in a small business, here's ...read more
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    Thursday, April 11, 2019
     The Millionaires Tax is a Failure Posted by John Regan on Apr 11, 2019 8:34:11 AMThe “millionaires tax” is a failure.   Evidence from states that have already imposed a surtax on incomes of more than $1 million shows that the policy causes irreparable harm to the economy while generating far less tax revenue than promised. A millionaires tax will cause the same harm in Massachusetts, ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 09, 2019
    AIM, Coalition Ask Legislature to Limit MassHealth Assessment Posted by Katie Holahan on Apr 8, 2019 3:34:04 PM   A diverse coalition of organizations ranging from AIM to groups representing human services providers and home-care aides urged key legislators today not to extend the two-year assessment imposed on employers last year to close a financial gap at the state’s MassHealth insurance ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 02, 2019
    BY GRANT WELKER In the two decades since the closure of its longtime military base, Devens has rebounded with thousands of new jobs from dozens of employers like the pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb or consumer distributor Quiet Logistics. Yet, the community still lacks for residents, with less than 2,000 living there, according to the U.S. Census. A cluster of brick buildings dating ...read more
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    Monday, April 01, 2019
    Good afternoon:  The draft DFML regulations have been updated and posted on the website. https://www.mass.gov/info-details/draft-regulations-for-the-department-of-family-and-medical-leave  As we move forward through the Secretary of State’s formal regulation process, we will hold at least two public hearings, in the coming months. There will also be a period for written comments. We expect to ...read more
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    Thursday, March 28, 2019
      Practices & Experiences     People     Offices Massachusetts Legal Update       March 28, 2019Massachusetts Releases Paid Family and Medical Leave Employer Guide, Workplace PosterThe Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave has released a new guide for employers on the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA), G.L. c. 175M. The guide clarifies some ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 26, 2019
    Department of Family and Medical Leave - News  March 26th, 2019    Employer and Employee Toolkits Now Available An Employer and an Employee toolkit have been posted to mass.gov/dfml. These tools contain helpful resources for employers and individuals to navigate the latest information regarding the Department of Family and Medical Leave in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 26, 2019
    Maximum Unemployment Duration Drops to 26 Weeks Posted by John Regan on Mar 26, 2019 6:49:33 PMShare   An obscure provision of the 2005 Massachusetts Unemployment Insurance Reform Law will next week accomplish what employers have sought for several decades – a reduction in the maximum duration of unemployment benefits from 30 weeks to the 26 weeks common in most states. The provision ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 20, 2019
      The Baker Administration Wants to Change the Sales & Meals Tax Remittance Process & Deadline…  Contact your Legislators TODAY & Tell Them it’s a BAD IDEA!  Unfortunately, Gov. Charlie Baker’s FY20 state budget proposal proposes changes to the state’s sales and meals tax collection and remittance process.  Currently, vendors collect and remit MA sales tax by ...read more
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