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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.
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FY2016 Massachusetts Budget Update: The Conference Committee Budget

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.
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EB-5 Program Reauthorization: Proposed Legislative Reforms

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.
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Baker Calls for Industry Input on Regulatory Review and Economic Development Strategy

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.
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Health Care Update & Telehealth Policy Alert

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.
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FY2016 Massachusetts Budget Update: The Senate Budget

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.
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Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law Takes Effect July 1

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.
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FY2016 Massachusetts Budget Update: The House Budget

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.
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Modest Energy Efficiency Bill Heads to Obama’s Desk

April 27, 2015 | Alert | By Jordan Collins

The first energy bill of the 114th Congress is heading toward the President’s desk for signature.
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Tax Amnesty Program and New Leadership at the DOR

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.
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Baker Proposes State Budget Focused on Savings

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.
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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.
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Baker Administration Announces Budget Fix Plan

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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Massachusetts Senate Committee Leadership Established, Signaling Priorities

January 22, 2015 | Alert | By George Atanasov, Julie Cox, Amarynth Sichel

Yesterday afternoon, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg revealed his senior leadership team and announced which legislators he selected to lead the Senate’s special and standing committees.
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Telehealth, Health IT, and mHealth Policy: Considerations for Stakeholders

January 6, 2015 | Alert | By Alexander Hecht, Andrew Shin

In recent months, as the conversation about reforming the health care system has shifted from websites and coverage expansion to achieving greater delivery system efficiencies, cost containment, and quality improvement, the role of health care technology — specifically, telehealth, health information technology (health IT or HIT), and mHealth — is becoming an even more prevalent area of bipartisan cooperation among health care policymakers.
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Governor Patrick Proposes State Budget Cuts; Speaker DeLeo Opposes

November 20, 2014 | Alert | By Julie Cox, George Atanasov, Amarynth Sichel

This morning Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo indicated that he will not support the Governor’s plan to trim the state budget to close a projected $329 million mid-year budget gap.
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2013-2014 Massachusetts Legislative Session Ends

August 6, 2014 | Advisory | By Julie Cox, George Atanasov, Amarynth Sichel, Candice Porter, Patrick Regan, Conor Henrie

Last week, the 2013-2014 Massachusetts legislative session came to a close amid a flurry of activity on Beacon Hill. Lawmakers rushed to finalize and pass priority bills, working past their deadline on Thursday, sending a number of proposals to the Governor’s desk after midnight.
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ML Strategies FY2015 Massachusetts Budget Update:

July 16, 2014 | Advisory | By Julie Cox, George Atanasov, Amarynth Sichel

On Friday, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law a $36.5 billion state budget for FY2015, which is nearly $10 billion larger than the budget he proposed back in January 2014.
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On July 1, 2014 the Massachusetts Senate voted for a compromise on employee non-compete agreements, and the Joint Economic and Emerging Technology Committee heard testimony on the same issue.
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Massachusetts Legislature Passes Minimum Wage Increase and Economic Development Package

July 1, 2014 | Advisory | By George Atanasov, Julie Cox, James Sasso

In a previous article, “Massachusetts Legislature Considers Unemployment Insurance Reform and Minimum Wage Increase,” we outlined the Massachusetts House and Senate’s separate plans to increase the minimum wage and reform the unemployment insurance system.
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