Chris Lisinski, The Lowell Sun

Chris Lisinski

The Lowell Sun

Boston, MA, United States

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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

Medical groups call for RSV mitigation measures

An "unusual increase" in cases of a respiratory virus is ramping up pressure on the already-strained health care sector in Massachusetts, and Bay Staters should take steps including possible indoor masking to protect themselves, medical experts said Wednesday. → Read More

1st Middlesex District race likely headed to recount

The pool of outstanding votes could be more than enough to tip the contest in either direction. Zack Gavel, Scarsdale's campaign manager, estimated the trio of communities collectively has another 25 to 50 votes to add. → Read More

Charlie Baker signs economic development package, with preference for ARPA spending

Months of uncertainty about the fate of a multibillion-dollar spending package came to an end Thursday when Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law a $3.76 billion compromise bill that, to his disappointment, does not feature the tax relief Democrats once promised. → Read More

Mass. Democrats look to build on big legislative margins

Whichever way the national currents pull in the midterms, Massachusetts Democrats feel confident they will perform relatively well in a state where voters have awarded them the entire Congressional delegation as well as veto-proof supermajorities in the state House and Senate. → Read More

Labor crunch, payment models disrupting health care

The Massachusetts health care system withstood the upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic, but widespread staffing shortages and an outdated, reactionary payment model that fails to prevent illnesses linger as major challenges that need to be addressed, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday. → Read More

Legislature spends surplus after cutting tax relief

Lawmakers sent a large and long-overdue closeout budget and economic development bill to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk Thursday, winning support for the scaled-down measure from Republicans who agreed to the new spending while lamenting the death of tax relief top Democrats long promised. → Read More

Steve Poftak resigning in January from MBTA’s top post

MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak will step down from the transit agency's top post in January, ending a four-year tenure dotted with a handful of major accomplishments as well as harrowing failures. → Read More

Report: Mass. housing affordability problems worsening

By almost any metric — and researchers looked at more than a few in a new 122-page report — the region’s housing market remains in dire condition for renters and prospective homeowners. → Read More

Tax refunds will start to flow on Tuesday

The first checks and direct deposits from a nearly $3 billion pot of excess tax revenue will head back to taxpayers starting on Tuesday when the calendar flips to November, the Baker administration announced Friday. → Read More

Former federal transportation chief says timing perfect to restart MBTA from ‘ground zero’

In less than three months, a new governor will enter office and in the process take control of an agency under pressure to reverse service cuts, find funds to address budget shortfalls and fuel a hiring spree, and respond to a Federal Transit Administration investigation that identified glaring safety problems. → Read More

Unemployment rate improved to 3.4% last month

Massachusetts employers added 13,800 jobs in September, a significant increase after a revision cut down previously reported August gains, while the statewide unemployment rate ticked downward to 3.4%, labor officials announced Friday. → Read More

Coalition eyes surtax to rescue MBTA

A coalition that has long called for increasing investment in the MBTA has its eye on the income surtax voters will decide in less than three weeks, pitching it as a viable source of funding for the under-fire agency while calling out billionaire Robert Kraft's spending in opposition to the measure. → Read More

Home sale slowdown stretches into September

Massachusetts single-family home sales dropped to their lowest September level in eight years, extending a monthslong trend while prices continue to rise to new heights, according to a new report. → Read More

Business confidence slips in September

Confidence among Massachusetts employers dropped in September after three months of growth, reflecting increased concerns about inflation and financial strain on the horizon. → Read More

Report: License law gives ‘new legitimacy’ to undocumented immigrants

Massachusetts is poised to become the 17th state in the country to open up access to licenses to residents without legal status. → Read More

Feds approve five-year, $67 billion Medicaid waiver

Massachusetts will be able to invest tens of millions of dollars into primary and mental health care workforce development and offer continuous Medicaid eligibility for some vulnerable populations under a five-year, $67 billion Medicaid waiver federal officials approved Wednesday. → Read More

Charlie Baker awaits revised economic development bill

Whenever top Democrats in the Legislature overcome their self-induced paralysis and revive an economic development bill, Gov. Charlie Baker expects they will advance a pared-down version that no longer features nearly $1.4 billion in borrowing. → Read More

Distracted driving citations could surpass 2021 total

Police cited more than 38,000 motorists for distracted driving in the first eight months of the year amid ongoing enforcement of a 2019 law cracking down on the proliferation of cellphones in the hands of drivers, according to data published Wednesday. → Read More

State board votes to mandate K-3 literacy screenings

Massachusetts schools for the first time will face a requirement to screen young students for dyslexia and other potential learning disabilities at least twice per year under a policy state education officials approved Tuesday. → Read More