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Massachusetts House-Senate committee pushes $1.7 billion borrowing bill

BOSTON – A House-Senate committee on Monday approved a $1.7 billion borrowing bill, dramatically raising the bottom line on legislation sought by Gov. Deval Patrick and padding the legislation with spending authorizations for trees, cranberry bog acquisitions and money to purchase coastal property. The Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, chaired by Sen. Marc  Full Article…

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Letter: Unfair taxation looming in Massachusetts again

Eagle Tribune – On Feb. 25, wire services released a report that a committee known as the Tax Fairness Commission appointed by the Massachusetts Legislature was expected to recommend a graduated tax to levy an increasing burden on high-wage earners and supposedly a lesser burden on low-wage earners. The recommendation will be delivered through a  Full Article…

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Pioneer Institute says convention center plan will cost the state $5B in lost revenue

Boston Business Journal – A new analysis of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center’s planned expansion in the city’s Seaport District claims that the buildout will ultimately cost the state $5 billion in lost revenue for roads, schools and other public services over a 16-year span. According to The Pioneer Institute, the Boston-based think tank that  Full Article…

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House, Senate must settle billions in transportation spending

STATE HOUSE — The Massachusetts Senate passed a multi-billion dollar transportation bond bill Thursday evening, setting up election-year negotiations with the House on the final version of legislation replete with pet projects and policy directives. In rapid succession, the Senate considered an avalanche of amendments that mostly earmarked project funds under the borrowing bill (S  Full Article…

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