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The Lowell Sun

Boston, MA, United States

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Past articles by Chris:

Ban bill aims to slow spread of PFAS damage

What's the first step in dealing with an overflowing bathtub? That's the question MASSPIRG legislative director Deirdre Cummings asks to make her pitch for a sweeping new bill aimed at wrangling the presence of PFAS chemicals in food packaging, car seats, cookware, firefighting foam, carpeting and more. → Read More

Mass. doctors feeling burned out, survey finds

Half of Massachusetts doctors surveyed have already or intend to soon cut back their clinical hours, and one in four plan to leave medicine altogether in the coming years, according to new data released Thursday by a leading industry group. → Read More

Diana DiZoglio launching audit of MBTA performance

Less than two months after taking office, State Auditor Diana DiZoglio's office will kick off a review of the MBTA's performance during a span when its safety and operational issues drew intense scrutiny. → Read More

Maura Healey restarts tax relief debate with $859M plan

Attempting to restart a debate that skidded out last summer, the Healey administration on Monday rolled out an $859 million tax relief proposal that would offer new breaks to hundreds of thousands of Bay Staters while reforming the estate tax and the levy on short-term capital gains. → Read More

Senate traction fuels optimism over device repair bill

Buoyed by Senate support last year, consumer protection advocates are hopeful they can secure a law this session that would expand access to the parts and information necessary to repair, rather than replace, aging cellphones and tablets. → Read More

IRS: Most one-time refunds won’t count toward income

Many, but not necessarily all, Massachusetts taxpayers will not need to count one-time state tax rebates they received last year as income when they file federal tax returns, the Internal Revenue Service said. → Read More

Reformers take transparency votes into rules debate

Around the country, state legislatures use their public websites to publish reams of written testimony submitted in support or opposition to proposals, name special interest groups and people who o… → Read More

Big awareness gap hampers domestic workers’ law

Nearly eight years after passage of a law granting new rights to domestic workers, the law's effectiveness has been hampered by a lack of awareness among employees and employers and insufficient enforcement resources, a new report concluded. → Read More

Poll: Likely voters say leave tax cap law alone

A clear majority of likely Massachusetts voters want the Legislature and Gov. Maura Healey to leave untouched the 1986 tax law that triggered nearly $3 billion in mandatory rebates last year, and wide-ranging tax cuts appear more popular than a targeted approach, according to new polling results. → Read More

Mass. House plans Friday hearings on two contested elections

In a rare move, a special legislative panel will convene public hearings Friday to take a closer look at two House elections decided by extremely narrow recount votes, a decision that will further delay the inauguration of the certified winners. → Read More

SJC: William Galvin misinterpreted lobbying law in Sal DiMasi case

Secretary of State William Galvin misinterpreted Massachusetts law when he denied former House Speaker Sal DiMasi's registration as a lobbyist in 2019, the state's highest court ruled Thursday in a decision that may impact future lobbying efforts by individuals with federal corruption convictions. → Read More

Baker administration warns of impending emergency shelter funding shortfall

The Baker administration expects that the state's emergency assistance shelter system will burn through available funding and no longer be able to guarantee spots for eligible families by late March, a deadline that one top lawmaker described as "a little bit arbitrary." → Read More

National draw games a ‘saving grace’ for Mass. Lottery

A record Powerball jackpot proved to be a windfall not just for the winning ticket-holder, but for the Massachusetts Lottery, too. → Read More

Mass. home sales down sharply in 2022

Single-family home sales in Massachusetts plummeted last month to the lowest November total in eight years while prices climbed to a new high, according to the latest report from The Warren Group. → Read More

Maura Healey makes transportation secretary pick

Gina Fiandaca, Boston's former transportation commissioner, will join Maura Healey's Cabinet next month as transportation secretary, a post that will put her in charge of helping to turn around the MBTA. → Read More

Mass. sheriffs cite burnout among correctional officers

When it comes to better serving the mental health needs of correctional officers, the problem is not a financial one, according to the soon-to-be president of the Massachusetts Sheriffs Association. → Read More

Elizabeth Warren ‘waving the warning flag’ on interest rates

After weeks of sounding the alarm about the downsides of interest rate hikes, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren thinks the more modest approach the Federal Reserve took with its latest increase is still pushing the envelope "too far, too fast." → Read More

Charlie Baker: ‘Parties do listen to voters’

With his eight-year term as a party standard-bearer drawing to a close, Gov. Charlie Baker hopes the MassGOP leadership with whom he has clashed will adjust to a poor Republican showing in last month's elections. → Read More

Charlie Baker pushing ahead with migrant response plans

The Baker administration "just can't wait" for lawmakers to take up a spending bill and will instead tap into already-available funds to help manage a ballooning emergency shelter crisis, a top official said Tuesday. → Read More

Andrew Shepherd seeks recount in 1st Middlesex District

Candidates in two Massachusetts House races, each apparently decided by only 10 votes, want elections officials to take another look at the thousands of ballots cast. → Read More