Robert DeLeo

WAMC News
8:43 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Biz Group Wants UI Reform Tied To Minimum Wages

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Massachusetts business leaders are signaling possible support for an increase in the state's $8 per hour minimum wage, but only if it is coupled with business-friendly reforms in the state's unemployment insurance system.

The state Senate approved a stand-alone bill last week that would raise the minimum wage to $11 per hour by 2016.

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New England News
6:10 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Mass. Lawmakers Override Transportation Veto

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Taxes on gasoline and cigarettes are set to increase after Massachusetts lawmakers voted to override Governor Deval Patrick's veto of a transportation financing bill.

The bill contains a 3 cent per gallon hike in the gas tax, along with a $1 per pack increase in the cigarette tax. Those tax hikes are scheduled to take effect in seven days.

Patrick vetoed the bill after lawmakers rejected his demand to add a provision allowing for an additional gas tax hike if tolls on the western portion of the Massachusetts Turnpike come down as scheduled in 2017.

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WAMC News
8:49 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Mass. Lawmakers To Consider Transportation Veto

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Massachusetts could finally have a transportation financing law soon, though it may not be the version Governor Deval Patrick wanted.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray say they expect Patrick's veto of the bill be taken up in both chambers on Wednesday.

Both leaders said on Monday they expected the veto to be overridden.

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