Sunday, May 19, 2013
The state's Restaurant and Business Alliance said there was "no sign of opposition" at a hearing this week.
The Joint Committee on Revenue in the Massachusetts legislature held a hearing this week on the notion of a potential meals tax holiday for August and one supporting group liking its chances. According to the state's Restaurant and Business Alliance (R.A.B.A), the hearing held Tuesday for the Meals Tax Holiday Bill saw "no sign of opposition" to the measure. Twelve legislators have signed on to the bill primarily sponsored by Rep. Keiko Orrall of Lakeville and Sen. Michael O. Moore of Millbury. If passed, the legislation would go into effect from Sunday, Aug. 11 through Thursday, Aug. 15. "We should offer a Meals Tax Holiday to benefit employees and small local business owners inside Massachusetts to help stimulate the economy," said …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Cronin was tapped as the vice president in this year's newly elected Freshman Class.
Rep. Claire Cronin (D-Easton) was elected as the vice president of Beacon Hill's newly elected class of State Representatives. Cronin will join Rep. Josh Cutler of Duxbury, who was elected as the freshman class' president. Cronin, who grew up in Brockton and lives in Easton, represents Precincts 1-5 in Easton and a portion of Brockton. She won her seat last fall after defeating a crowded field of Democrats in the primary election and Easton Selectman Dan Murphy in the general election. “Growing up in Brockton instilled in me a belief in the value of public service," she said in a statement last week. "It is an honor to be elected by the voters and it’s an honor to be recognized by my fellow legislators as a class officer." There are 20 …
Friday, July 20, 2012
The bill both aims to ensure violent criminals stay behind bars while easing prison overcrowding by reducing drug-offense penalties. Easton's delegation voted in favor of the law.
A bill that toughens sentences for violent repeat-offenders passed the Senate yesterday after having been overwhelmingly in the House Wednesday evening. The so-called "three-strikes" law eliminates parole for someone convicted three times of one of 40 or so violent crimes, with at least one conviction having carried a minimum three-year prison term. It passed the House with a vote of 139-14. In the Senate, it passed 31-7. Easton's entire delegation of State Representatives and State Senators supported the bill. Geraldine Creedon, Christine Canavan, Angelo D'Emilia, Brian Joyce and Tom Kennedy all voted 'yes'. The movement to pass the law was fueled, in part, by outrage over two crimes. In one, Woburn police officer Jack Maguire was …
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Casino gambling bill debate resumes on Beacon Hill.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
The Massachusetts Senate is back at the table today debating a casino gambling bill. "The bill would license three resort-style casinos and one slots parlor in the state," according to an Associated Press report in the Boston Globe today. The House has passed a version of the legislation, the AP reports. Sharon's state senators are Thomas P. Kennedy (D-Brockton) and Brian Joyce (D-Milton).