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Mass. joins neighbors to coordinate electricity transmission
07-10-2024 7:41 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

Massachusetts joined nine other states Tuesday in an agreement to coordinate their efforts to increase the transmission of electricity between three different regions of the grid and get a better handle on offshore wind infrastructure needs and...

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Demographic changes fuel enrollment fears at UMass
07-09-2024 12:50 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan has been closely watching the spate of higher education closures, and said in an interview over the weekend that UMass has a strategy he hopes will spare it from the same concerning demographic shift...


Feds propose high heat work standards
07-08-2024 9:23 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

The federal government has proposed the first national safety standard meant to keep workers safe from excessive heat in the workplace and made $1 billion available to hundreds of projects – including 30 in Massachusetts – that try to mitigate climate...


Senate advances energy reforms, expands bottle redemption law
06-26-2024 2:09 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — The Senate has approved another complex set of reforms to accelerate the spread of clean energy in Massachusetts, along the way hearing concerns about potential ratepayer burdens and embracing an expansion of the state’s bottle redemption...


Senate climate bill runs into obstacle
06-21-2024 9:28 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — With the Bay State gripped by a heat wave on the summer solstice, the Massachusetts Senate on Thursday planned to pass legislation to speed up siting and permitting for clean energy projects and also provide more direction for the state’s...


Poll: Mass. voters open to housing crisis solutions
06-03-2024 4:51 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

The major housing policy and bond bill expected to pass the House this week includes ideas that have the support of a majority of Massachusetts residents across demographic and political groups, like allowing people to build accessory dwellings on...


Home sales in state, Hampshire County spring to life in April
05-22-2024 4:11 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — There were 3,100 single-family homes sold in Massachusetts last month, and while that number alone may not mean much to those still looking for an affordable home, it may represent a glimmer of hope — it was the largest year-over-year...


Loan program aims to ease burden of home energy retrofits
05-04-2024 12:01 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON – Hoping to accelerate the switch to clean energy technologies, the climate bank at MassHousing recently announced a new financing product that aims to make $20 million in loans available over the next two years to help homeowners cover the...


Healey expects $16B return on climate tech investment
05-01-2024 3:28 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — Gov. Maura Healey is touting that her economic development proposal “goes big” on the burgeoning climate tech field with a $1 billion state investment and said a study to be published later this week will show that it could result in a...


Prices up, sales down in early spring housing market
04-17-2024 9:45 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

The signs of spring are all around: the days are getting warmer, baseball is back, and Massachusetts home prices are setting records as demand continues to significantly outpace the inventory of houses for sale.The real estate analysts at The Warren...


New fed rules may force Mass. action on PFAS
04-11-2024 11:01 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

Nearly 200 water systems across Massachusetts — including towns, schools and hospitals — will likely need to take some action to comply with new federal limits on “forever chemicals” in drinking water, state regulators said Wednesday, a potentially...


UMass trustees OK 2.5% tuition increase
04-03-2024 5:06 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON – The University of Massachusetts has taken a step toward hiking tuition and room and board charges for next academic year, but some trustees said Wednesday the proposed increases are not high enough and one said the status quo would be...


Consolidation, caps urged to speed clean energy permitting across state
04-02-2024 4:19 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — In anticipation of a boom in clean energy projects needed to help the state meet its decarbonization targets, a group put together by the governor rolled out recommendations Monday for ways to streamline and accelerate the siting and...


Mass. AG launches youth sports betting safety coalition
03-30-2024 11:34 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — With college sports tournaments taking place at both ends of Massachusetts this week, Attorney General Andrea Campbell on Thursday announced the launch of a public-private partnership to focus on the risks of sports betting and gambling among...


Healey: Let’s focus on those facing MCAS hurdle
03-20-2024 10:59 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — Gov. Maura Healey’s team is looking into what more the state can do to help high school students who do not pass the MCAS exam, but she gave voice Tuesday to her opposition to a potential ballot question that would force the state to stop...


Sunshine week meets shade on Beacon Hill
03-15-2024 10:38 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote in 1913 that “sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants,” and Bay Staters on both ends of the political spectrum agreed this week that Beacon Hill could stand to open the curtains quite a...


New director seen as ‘major step’ at Cannabis Commission
03-11-2024 8:47 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — Aiming to have its new executive director on board by this summer, the Cannabis Control Commission spent hours Thursday crafting the contours of the job and detailing what qualities a successful applicant will demonstrate.The CCC has not had...


Crash data points to ‘crisis’ on Mass. roads
02-29-2024 7:01 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

Safety on Massachusetts roadways is “at a crisis level,” the state highway administrator told lawmakers this week as he detailed steps the Department of Transportation has taken to try to prevent some of the most dangerous and deadly situations and to...


Lottery launching ‘Jaws’ ticket into its pool
02-28-2024 12:36 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

With no significant jackpots at stake last month, sales at the Massachusetts Lottery were down nearly $34 million compared to last January, the agency’s head reported to the Lottery Commission on Tuesday.Executive Director Mark William Bracken said...


Ratepayers fed up with high energy costs
02-27-2024 10:42 AM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

BOSTON — From the edge of the Atlantic Ocean in Lynn to the state’s western border in Richmond, people in Massachusetts are letting the state know how they feel about wallet-busting energy bills.“I struggle to pay my bills, my electric runs $250 a...


Report examines migrant jobs, earnings prospects
02-11-2024 12:10 PM

By COLIN A. YOUNG

Immigrants who settle and find work in Massachusetts provide “a direct economic benefit to the region in which they are working in both the value of work produced and in added local spending power,” according to a new report that lands as...

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