Massachusetts State Politics

New England News
9:54 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Mass. Gov. Patrick's tax plan meets mixed reviews

The Massachusetts State-house in Boston, Massachusetts

BOSTON (AP) — Lawmakers are giving mixed reviews to Gov. Deval Patrick's call to hike the state's income tax while also cutting the sales tax.

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New England News
7:56 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Massachusetts Governor Patrick calls for income tax hike in State of the Commonwealth Address

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick
Credit Dwight Sipler

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick has asked the Legislature for a $1.9 billion in new taxes to support major new spending on transportation and education.

In his annual state of the state address to a joint session of the Legislature, Patrick called for hiking the state income tax from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent, while doubling the personal exemption for all taxpayers and eliminating dozens of itemized deductions.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Massachusetts Senate Candidates Spare No Attacks In First Debate

After sparring at a distance for almost a year through campaign events and advertising, the two candidates for US Senate in Massachusetts met  face to face Thursday night. No attacks were spared in the hour long broadcast debate.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

   Republican Incumbent US Senator Scott Brown questioned Democratic challenger’s Elizabeth Warren’s character, saying she had been dishonest in claiming to be of Native American heritage. He said the policies she advocates would result in a crushing jobs killing tax burden.

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4:02 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Northeast Report – Glen Johnson of

Former Massachusetts treasurer Timothy Cahill has been indicted on public corruption charges related to advertisements promoting the state lottery that ran during his unsuccessful campaign for governor in 2010.