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Report breaks down health care cost trends in Massachusetts

Ongoing market consolidation and higher U.S. health care spending growth rates are identified as reasons for concern in the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission's 2015...

Snow caused 24 percent sales drop for MASS small businesses

After a strong holiday sales season and amid growing consumer confidence, Massachusetts small businesses experienced an average drop in sales of 24 percent during...

In letter, Governor Patrick makes case for Obamacare ratings waiver

Without a waiver, small businesses could see health care costs increase.

Governor Patrick appeals to feds to aid fishermen facing cutbacks

Fishermen are facing potential groundfish catch limit cuts next year of between 43 percent and 73 percent across multiple stocks.

Senate presses for CPA changes adopted by House

The House plan enables communities to use CPA funds on athletic fields, parks and playground projects.

Governor says Aquinnah tribe forfeited rights to casino

Lawyers for the governor said the Aquinnah Tribe's Settlement Act protects the state's authority to regulate gaming in Aquinnah and on the mainland.

State budget chief says mandatory spending will outpace taxes

A projected jump in state tax collections next fiscal year of more than a billion dollars will likely be outpaced by "mandatory spending" in four major areas, according to the House budget chief, who is also warning of "dwindling" opportunities for creative solutions to state budget problems.