News Archive

Feb 17 2019 Bill Would Require Mass. Tipped Workers To Be Paid Minimum Wage
Associated Press
A push is on to require that tipped workers in Massachusetts be paid at least the minimum wage. State Sen. Patricia Jehlen of Somerville and Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier of Pittsfield, both Democrats, are calling for the elimination of the state's so-called "sub-...
Feb 15 2019 Safe Communities Act reintroduced in state legislature
The Tufts Daily
  JOE WALSH February 15, 2019 Amid a nationwide rise in immigration enforcement, Massachusetts lawmakers and advocates have renewed a push to limit state and local police departments’ cooperation with federal immigration authorities. A new bill was introduced on...
Feb 13 2019 After $1 Million Payout From State For Wrongful Conviction, Fred Clay Is Back At Work
WGBH
By Chris Burrell February 13, 2019   A day after learning that he’ll receive a $1 million settlement from the state, Fred Clay treated it like just another work day — punching the clock at a metal shop in Lowell where he grinds aviation parts...
Feb 13 2019 Tipped workers describe harassment on the job
State House News Service
By Kaitlyn Budion, State House News Service Posted Feb 13, 2019 at 8:31 PMUpdated Feb 13, 2019 at 8:31 PM BOSTON - Contributing to a national day of action, restaurant industry workers told personal stories Wednesday and...
Feb 11 2019 After woman’s death outside emergency room, Massachusetts legislators seek new regulations
Boston Business Journal
Legislative leaders are hoping to establish regulations for Massachusetts emergency departments and lift the cap on hospital malpractice lawsuits after a Somerville woman died from an asthma attack at the door of a locked Somerville hospital emergency room. Laura Levis died...
Feb 11 2019 Somerville legislators file malpractice bills in memory of Laura Levis
Somerville Journal
By Hannah Green / somerville@wickedlocal.com Posted Feb 11, 2019 at 10:55 PMUpdated Feb 11, 2019 at 10:55 PM In September 2016, Laura Levis died after being locked outside the Cambridge Health Alliance Somerville Hospital...
Feb 11 2019 Death of Woman Who Collapsed Outside ER Leads to New Proposals
NBC10
After losing his wife, a Massachusetts man hopes her death will lead lawmakers to prevent similar tragedies in the future. Peter DeMarco says he's looking for change, not vengeance. His wife, Laura Levis, died after having an asthma attackoutside Somerville...
Feb 6 2019 UMass Boston Community Members Protest Parking Rate Increases
NECN
University of Massachusetts Boston community members protested what they call substantial parking rate increases on Wednesday. Students, faculty, staff unions, and allies gathered at 7 a.m. at the new West Garage for picketing, ahead of a noon rally. Protestors...
Feb 6 2019 ‘Astronomical’ parking rate hike decried at UMass Boston
Boston Herald
By KATHLEEN MCKIERNAN | kathleen.mckiernan@bostonherald.com | Boston Herald February 6, 2019 at 9:11 pm University of Massachusetts Boston students and staff are outraged over hefty parking fee hikes they say burden students and staff at the commuter...
Feb 5 2019 Protest planned for Wednesday over UMass parking fees
Dorchester Reporter
By Daniel Sheehan, Reporter Staff February 5, 2019 Angered by a hike in parking fees, members of the UMass Boston community planned to picket outside the new West Garage on Wed., Feb. 6. Last year, the university announced it would raise the parking rate at its on-campus...
Jan 30 2019 Wrongfully Convicted And Jailed 38 Years, Fred Clay Gets $1 Million Payout
NPR
Fred Clay, who was wrongfully convicted of murder and spent almost 38 years in Massachusetts prisons, will receive a $1 million settlement from the state, the highest amount allowed under a new state law. The settlement with the Massachusetts Attorney General was finalized...
Jan 30 2019 Exoneree Runs Smoothie Chain, Making Up For 27 Years Of Lost Entrepreneurship
New England Public Radio
Exoneree Runs Smoothie Chain, Making Up For 27 Years Of Lost Entrepreneurship By KAREN BROWN • JAN 30, 2019    VIEW SLIDESHOW 1 of 8 Mark Schand scoops ice cream at his Sweetwater smoothie cafe in New Britain, Connecticut....
Jan 30 2019 Massachusetts bill would end lower wage for tipped restaurant workers
MassLive
By Shira Schoenberg | sschoenberg@repub.com The minimum wage in Massachusetts is set to increase to $15 an hour by 2023, up from $12 today. But for many restaurant workers, the wage hike is not that straightforward. For workers who receive tips, the minimum wage today...
Jan 29 2019 Lawmakers push for equal pay for tipped workers
State House News Service
Lawmakers push for equal pay for tipped workers By Chris Lisnski / State House News Service Posted Jan 29, 2019 at 6:11 PMUpdated Jan 29, 2019 at 6:11 PM    BOSTON - Less than a year after lawmakers struck a so-...
Jan 23 2019 Massachusetts Lawmakers Move to Expand Secure Choice, Add MEP
National Association of Plan Advisors
NEVIN E. ADAMS, JD   JANUARY 23, 2019 Legislation has been introduced in the Bay State that would expand the Commonwealth’s auto-IRA program for private sector workers and establish a 401(k) parallel, with an employer mandate. The first bill, SD 1902, ...
Jan 23 2019 Months away from recreational marijuana, officials see some positives on business side
Cambridge Day
Tom Meek  Wednesday, January 23, 2019   Experts who gathered Jan. 17 to talk about the arrival of recreational marijuana included state Sen. Pat Jehlen, city planner Jeff Roberts, police Sgt. Lou Cherubino and David Lakeman of the state Cannabis Control...
Nov 3 2018 For some, rollout pace for recreational pot in Massachusetts carries sense of deja vu
The Berkshire Eagle
By Sophia Eppolito , Boston University Statehouse Program BOSTON — Nearly two years after recreational marijuana was legalized in the commonwealth, experts are concerned that the rollout will be caught up in delays and red tape like medical marijuana, another voter-...
Oct 25 2018 Elderly, sick inmates costing taxpayers thousands in medical care
WWLP 22 News
LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) - A lot of inmates in Massachusetts are sick and aging and the 22News I-Team discovered, taxpayers are fronting the cost of their medical bills. The I-Team got an eye-opening look into the state's prison population, which is considered one of the...
Sep 28 2018 Medford’s Macdonald Park gets new Mystic River overview
Medford Transcript
Local and state officials celebrate additions to Macdonald Park, made possible in part by an individual donation. Editor’s note: The following was submitted on behalf of the Department of Conservation and Recreation. The Baker-Polito Administration hosted a ribbon...
Sep 18 2018 Jehlen, Connolly announce funding for East Somerville pedestrian infrastructure
Somerville Journal
State Sen. Pat Jehlen of Somerville and State Rep. Mike Connolly of Cambridge recently secured $95,000 in funding for improvements to Somerville’s Kensington Underpass in the Fiscal 2019 state budget. Jehlen and Connolly filed successful amendments in the Senate and...
Sep 10 2018 Crumbling concrete, leaking roofs, and busted elevators: the state of the T
Boston Globe
By Adam Vaccaro GLOBE STAFF  SEPTEMBER 10, 2018 The elevators at Aquarium Station have been out of service for months, roped off from passengers. Corroding ramps at the commuter rail station in Winchester are patched with plywood, and exposed rebar peeks...
Aug 31 2018 Mass. cannabis commission shouldn’t let towns shake down pot retailers
Boston Globe
It’s just pot — not a pot of gold. The state’s new marijuana law limits how much lucre municipalities can extract from retailers, and for good reason: If cities and towns make it too pricey to operate retail businesses, fewer will open. And those retailers...
Aug 29 2018 Officials Disagree on Cities and Towns Negotiating With Marijuana Shops
NECN
By Mike Manzoni Published at 8:44 PM EDT on Aug 29, 2018   The Cannabis Control Commission and Massachusetts lawmakers who oversee marijuana policy can't agree on whether the commission is allowed to review the required agreements between cities and towns and...
Aug 28 2018 Do your job, lawmakers tell pot agency
State House News Service
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE AS THE CANNABIS CONTROL COMMISSION weighs asking legislators to revisit the marijuana law to clarify requirements related to the agreements marijuana businesses are required to enter into with their host municipalities, the two lawmakers who...
Aug 21 2018 Mystic Ave to see improvements to pedestrian safety
Medford Transcript
By Miranda Willson  mwillson@wickedlocal.com  Posted Aug 21, 2018 at 9:29 AMUpdated Aug 21, 2018 at 9:29 AM    Rep. Christine Barber helped secure state funding to make it easier to cross the busy...