Consumer Affairs Releases Airline Fee Survey; Can Save You Hundreds of Dollars


The Patrick-Murray Administration Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation today released a survey on airline fees that details hefty charges and fees travelers can face for ordinary practices such as checking bags or requesting specific seats. The survey, conducted from April through July, examined all the airlines that operate out of Logan International Airport, [...]

Patrick-Murray Administration Announces Enactment of Biomass Regulations

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Officials from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) today adopted the final Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Class I regulations, implementing changes to biomass energy eligibility. “Massachusetts is a leader in addressing the issues of biomass energy and greenhouse gas emissions, and the implementation of these regulations is on the forefront of national and [...]

Massachusetts Sends 20 Wildland Firefighters To Help Battle Idaho Blazes

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) today deployed 20 state and municipal wildland firefighters to Idaho to help battle the Trinity Ridge Fire that has raged across more than 37,000 acres in the Boise National Forest since last week. There are currently 56 uncontained large fires burning nationally and totaling 917,000 acres – the [...]

Patrick-Murray Administration Awards $585,000 In Implementation Grants To 20 Innovation Schools Across The Commonwealth

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Governor Deval Patrick announced that $585,000 is being awarded to support the operation of 20 Innovation Schools across the Commonwealth. Plans for these Innovation Schools received approval from local school committees and will be implemented in communities statewide beginning this fall. “These schools will provide expanded and improved educational opportunities for Massachusetts students,” said Governor [...]

Mass. Foreclosure Prevention Law To Expand Protections For Homeowners

Governor Deval Patrick recently signed “An Act Preventing Unlawful and Unnecessary Foreclosures.”  The new law expands important consumer protections and continues the Commonwealth’s national leadership on foreclosure prevention. “This legislation establishes strong consumer protections for borrowers that are unparalleled in other states,” said Governor Patrick. “Foremost among these protections is the requirement for creditors to [...]

22 Groups Submit New Charter School Proposals in Mass.

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The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has received 22 prospectuses from groups seeking to ultimately receive approval to open new charter schools in Massachusetts. The increase in prospectuses submitted, up from seven last year, follows a decision earlier this spring by the Department to lift a moratorium on new applications for several cities, including [...]

Over 100 Cities and Towns Named Green Communities in Mass.

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Governor Deval Patrick today joined state and local officials to announce that Massachusetts is now home to over 100 Green Communities. At an event at the State House, the Governor announced the designation of 17 new Green Communities, bringing the total number up to 103 cities and towns. Nearly half of Massachusetts residents, or 44 [...]

Conn. Education Test Scores-What They Show

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The latest results from two statewide education performance tests are mixed, with younger Connecticut students showing improvements, but fewer than half of 10th graders meeting a statewide goal for math, science and reading. The State Department of Education released results of the Connecticut Mastery Test and Connecticut Academic Performance Test on [...]

What Government Emails Reveal about CT’s $567 Million Transportation Project

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A week before Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced last year that the state would build a costly and contentious bus-only corridor between Hartford and New Britain, federal transportation officials were asking if he would support or kill the project, according to emails between top state officials. And state transportation officials took [...]

URI Economist: State’s ‘Tepid’ Recovery Slowing

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island economist said Monday that the state’s “tepid” recovery is continuing but there are signs it’s slowing down. University of Rhode Island Professor Leonard Lardaro said in his “Current Conditions Index” report for May that signs of a loss of momentum in the still-troubled economy are mounting. Lardaro noted [...]

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