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Activists see opening  for new rent control law
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Local News
Activists see opening for new rent control law
Hundreds of activists, organized under the banners of Homes for All Massachusetts and Right to the City Boston, gathered in front of the Massachusetts State House last Saturday to rally in support of legislative bills introduced in the state House and Senate last week that would lift the state’s decades-old ban on local rent control measures.
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Local News
Mayor releases legislative agenda
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu is promoting her agenda for action at the state level as a new legislative session begins on Beacon Hill.
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Rent control debate brewing
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Rent control debate brewing
A day after preliminary details of Boston Mayor Michelle Wu’s long-awaited local rent control policy emerged, elected officials who may soon vote on the issue began contending with what it will ultimately look like.
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Healey lays out agenda for housing, education
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Healey lays out agenda for housing, education
In her most detailed speech since declaring her candidacy last year, Gov. Maura Healey last Thursday outlined policies and legislative goals her administration plans to pursue, speaking to lawmakers during her swearing-in ceremony in the House chamber.
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Worrell wants to bring resources to district
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Worrell wants to bring resources to district
Christopher Worrell was elected Nov. 8 to represent the 5th Suffolk District in the Massachusetts Legislature. The child of Jamaican and Bajan parents, Worrell was born and raised in Dorchester and graduated from Bunker Hill Community College. His brother, Brian Worrell, was elected in 2021 to represent Dorchester-based District 4 on the City Council.
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What’s possible under Healey administration?
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Politics
What’s possible under Healey administration?
With a new gubernatorial administration comes the promise of new priorities for state government, and with the passage of the so-called millionaires tax, the promise of funding to make things happen.
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Local News
Baker vetoes prison moratorium
After months of sustained activism by prison abolitionists to block the construction of new detention facilities in Massachusetts, a veto by Governor Charlie Baker has struck a blow to the advocates’ campaign.
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Wins, losses for Black & Latino Caucus members
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Wins, losses for Black & Latino Caucus members
After a marathon legislating session over the weekend, Massachusetts lawmakers have a slew of bills headed to the governor’s desk for final approval. However, some key pieces of legislation proposed by members of the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus failed to make it over the finish line before both body’s sessions ended July 31.
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Driver's license bill now on Gov’s desk
With enough support to withstand a potential veto from the governor, the state Senate passed a bill Thursday that would allow residents without legal immigration status to apply for standard driver’s licenses.
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Pressley, legislators call for state bank
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News
Pressley, legislators call for state bank
With Massachusetts residents continuing to struggle in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, advocates and lawmakers have taken the opportunity to promote an out-of-the-box solution — putting banking power, primarily lending capabilities, in the hands of the state.
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Candidates vying for House vacancies
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Candidates vying for House vacancies
With the departure of several elected officials from legislative seats in Boston area districts and one challenger to an incumbent, political turnover in 2022 will likely include new blood in areas dominated by residents of color.
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Legislators seek to designate July 8 as "Massachusetts Emancipation Day"
Legislation is now in the works in state government to recognize the end of slavery in Massachusetts and honor an instrumental figure who helped make it happen.
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