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Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law Takes Effect July 1

Massachusetts’ Earned Sick Leave Law, which voters passed by ballot initiative last November, is set to become effective in less than two months on July 1, 2015. On April 27, Attorney General Maura Healy’s office released...more

FY2016 Massachusetts Budget Update: The House Budget

On April 29 the Massachusetts House of Representatives approved a $38.1 billion spending plan for FY2016 by a unanimous vote of 158-0. Over roughly 28 hours of sessions, the House dispensed with over 1,000 amendments to pass...more

5/11/2015  /  Governor Baker , State Budgets

Tax Amnesty Program and New Leadership at the DOR

On March 16, Massachusetts officials announced a tax amnesty program, effective immediately, to recoup delinquent corporate taxes. The program is part of a larger effort by the Baker administration and the Department of...more

4/2/2015

Baker Proposes State Budget Focused on Savings

Wednesday, the Baker-Polito administration revealed the details of their $38.1 billion FY2016 budget. Seeking to overcome a structural deficit, which at $1.8 billion, represents nearly five percent of the total budget, the...more

3/9/2015  /  State Budgets

Massachusetts House Leadership Announced, Hinting at Issue Positions

Thursday afternoon, House Speaker Robert DeLeo appointed his senior leadership and made assignments to all standing and joint committees. DeLeo kept most of his senior leadership team intact, with Ronald Mariano, Patricia...more

Baker Administration Announces Budget Fix Plan

Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced on Tuesday a series of proposals aimed at closing the Commonwealth’s substantial budget gap for Fiscal Year 2015. According to the current administration,...more

2/5/2015  /  Charlie Baker , State Budgets

Beginnings and Endings: New Administration Moves In, Massachusetts Legislative Session Concludes

The last several months witnessed a flurry of activity on Beacon Hill: Governor Deval Patrick inked a number of bills as the two-year legislative session drew to an official end, and his successor, Governor Charlie Baker, has...more

Massachusetts Senate Committee Leadership Established, Signaling Priorities

Yesterday afternoon, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg revealed his senior leadership team and announced which legislators he selected to lead the Senate’s special and standing committees....more

Governor Patrick Proposes State Budget Cuts; Speaker DeLeo Opposes

This morning Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo indicated that he will not support the Governor’s plan to trim the state budget to close a projected $329 million mid-year budget gap....more

2013-2014 Massachusetts Legislative Session Ends

Last week, the 2013-2014 Massachusetts legislative session came to a close amid a flurry of activity on Beacon Hill. Lawmakers rushed to finalize and pass priority bills, working past their deadline on Thursday, sending a...more

ML Strategies FY2015 Massachusetts Budget Update: Conference Committee Budget

On June 30th, the eve of the Commonwealth’s new fiscal year, the House and Senate both approved the joint conference committee report on the FY2015 spending plan. Governor Deval Patrick, who left to attend the Panamanian...more

ML Strategies FY2015 Massachusetts Budget Update: Governor Patrick Issues Vetoes, Signs Budget

On Friday, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law a $36.5 billion state budget for FY2015, which is nearly $10 billion larger than the budget he proposed back in January 2014. Before signing off on his eighth and final annual...more

Uncertain Fate of Non-competes in Massachusetts: Senate Passes Compromise; Legislation Heads to Conference Committee Negotiations

On July 1, 2014 the Massachusetts Senate voted for a compromise on employee non-compete agreements, and the Joint Economic and Emerging Technology Committee heard testimony on the same issue. Governor Deval Patrick spurred...more

ML Strategies FY 2015 Massachusetts Budget Update: The House Budget

Earlier this year, ML Strategies offered an overview of the Governor’s FY 2015 budget proposal. Now that the House of Representatives has passed its version of the FY 2015 spending plan, we provide an update on the budget...more

ML Strategies FY2015 Budget Update: The Governor’s Proposal

As the budget process heats up on Beacon Hill, ML Strategies will issue periodic updates regarding the process and politics that will shape this year’s budget. We begin by providing an overview of the budget timeline and a...more

Massachusetts House and Senate Negotiators Agree on FY 2014 Budget; Funding Sources Remain Uncertain

On Sunday, four hours before the start of Massachusetts’ new fiscal year, the legislative conference committee tasked with ironing out differences between the House and Senate budget proposals agreed on a final compromise...more

Energy & Clean Tech Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- January 2013

In the January edition of Energy & Clean Tech Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your attention...more

Energy & Clean Tech Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- December 2012

In the December edition of Energy & Clean Tech Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your attention...more

12/7/2012  /  Biofuel , Clean Tech , Solar Energy , Wind Power
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