December 7, 2015 | Alert | By Alexander Hecht, R. Neal Martin
Now just days away from the December 11th expiration of a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) that has been funding federal activities since the start of the current fiscal year on October 1st, Congress is feverishly working to reach agreement on a long-term Omnibus spending bill that will fund the federal government through the remainder of the fiscal year.
November 13, 2015 | Alert | By Joanne Hawana, Eli Greenspan
On November 12th and 13th, the Food and Drug Administration hosted genome scientists from across the nation at its campus in White Oak, Maryland.
October 23, 2015 | Alert | By Julie Cox, Sasha Dudding, Stephen Weiner
Building on the momentum of early October hearings on the state’s growing health care expenditures, the Health Policy Commission (HPC), the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, Governor Charlie Baker, and others spent the past two weeks crafting new policies for the industry and its consumers.
October 7, 2015 | Alert | By Julie Cox, Sasha Dudding
Amid a recent surge in opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts, with over 1,200 accidental deadly overdoses last year, the Senate passed legislation on Thursday, October 1, that is designed to fight the epidemic on various fronts.
September 30, 2015 | Alert | By Alexander Hecht, R. Neal Martin, Douglas Hauer
Coinciding with the end of the current fiscal year, the EB-5 regional center program is set to expire today but will get a temporary reprieve with expected final passage of a Continuing Resolution (CR) that will fund the government through December 11 and also temporarily extend the regional center program through that same date.
August 5, 2015 | Alert | By George Atanasov, Julie Cox, Max Samels
After a busy final few weeks of activity, the Massachusetts Legislature departed for its summer recess with a new budget and progress on several priority policy issues. In addition to overriding $97 million in Governor Baker’s vetoes, Boston lawmakers considered tax, public records, energy, healthcare, and labor issues.
July 28, 2015 | Alert | By Julie Cox, Maxwell Fathy
In a hearing before the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development on Tuesday, July 21, roughly two dozen lawmakers and a wide range of business officials, advocacy groups, non-profit leaders, and academics testified in support of a pay equity bill aimed at eliminating the wage gap between genders in Massachusetts.
July 13, 2015 | Alert | By George Atanasov, Julie Cox, Max Samels
After many weeks of deliberation, the Massachusetts House and Senate sent a budget to Governor Baker’s desk. This budget passed the Senate 31-5 and the House 153-1 and represents a compromise between the House and Senate versions, described in previous ML Strategies advisories.
July 6, 2015 | Alert | By Douglas Hauer, Alexander Hecht, R. Neal Martin
Created by the Immigration Act of 1990, the Immigrant Investor Program, more commonly referred to as the EB-5 program, offers foreign investors an opportunity to secure permanent residency in the United States by making a minimum capital investment of $1 million per investor into a New Commercial Enterprise (NCE) that will create at least 10 jobs for US workers.
June 24, 2015 | Advisory | By George Atanasov, Julie Cox, Max Samels
On June 23rd, the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development met to consider legislation relating to the legality and enforcement of non-compete agreements.
June 15, 2015 | Advisory | By Julie Cox, George Atanasov, Ana Lopez
Responding to criticisms that state regulations are burdensome and make Massachusetts a more costly and less competitive place to live and do business, Governor Charlie Baker signed Executive Order 562 to simplify the Commonwealth’s regulatory regime.
June 2, 2015 | Alert | By Alexander Hecht, Andrew Shin
In the previous Congress, we saw a burst of policy and industry attention to telehealth as lawmakers and stakeholders alike recognized the cost, quality, and accessibility benefits of telehealth.
June 2, 2015 | Alert | By Julie Cox, George Atanasov, Maxwell Fathy
On May 22, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously approved a $38.1 billion budget for FY2016. The Senate budget hews closely to the spending plans proposed by the Massachusetts House of Representatives in April and Governor Charlie Baker in March.
May 7, 2015 | Alert | By George Atanasov, Julie Cox, Ana Lopez, Amarynth Sichel
Massachusetts’ Earned Sick Leave Law, which voters passed by ballot initiative last November, is set to become effective in less than two months on July 1, 2015. On April 27, Attorney General Maura Healy’s office released proposed regulations to clarify how the ballot law will be implemented.
May 1, 2015 | Alert | By George Atanasov, Julie Cox, Maxwell Fathy, Amarynth Sichel
On April 29 the Massachusetts House of Representatives approved a $38.1 billion spending plan for FY2016 by a unanimous vote of 158-0. Over roughly 28 hours of sessions, the House dispensed with over 1,000 amendments to pass a final budget that spends $10 million less than Governor Baker’s spending plan, but closely resembles it in many regards.
April 27, 2015 | Alert | By Jordan Collins
The first energy bill of the 114th Congress is heading toward the President’s desk for signature.
April 1, 2015 | Alert | By Julie Cox, Ana Lopez, Amarynth Sichel
On March 16, Massachusetts officials announced a tax amnesty program, effective immediately, to recoup delinquent corporate taxes. The program is part of a larger effort by the Baker administration and the Department of Revenue (DOR) to raise funds to close the Commonwealth’s midyear budget deficit.
March 6, 2015 | Alert | By George Atanasov, Amarynth Sichel, Julie Cox
Wednesday, the Baker-Polito administration revealed the details of their $38.1 billion FY2016 budget. Seeking to overcome a structural deficit, which at $1.8 billion, represents nearly five percent of the total budget, the Governor doubled down on cost-saving measures rather than raising taxes, increasing fees or drawing from the state’s rainy day fund.
US Sanctions as Diplomacy Tools and Political Weapons: Complexities and Opportunities for the Business Community
February 5, 2015 | Alert | By Steve Ganis
In response to a number of foreign policy crises encountered over the past few years, the Obama Administration has sought a new and more aggressive approach to using sanctions to advance US global security goals.
February 4, 2015 | Alert | By George Atanasov, Julie Cox, Amarynth Sichel
Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced on Tuesday a series of proposals aimed at closing the Commonwealth’s substantial budget gap for Fiscal Year 2015. According to the current administration, even after Governor Patrick’s attempts to close the fiscal gap, a $768 million budget shortfall persists.
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