Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced Monday that the Massachusetts State Police and Department of Children and Families will employ stricter policies regarding human trafficking in honor of April's Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. PHOTO BY SARAH SILBIGER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announces policies targeting human trafficking

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito announced new policies Tuesday to reduce human trafficking in the commonwealth, according to a Tuesday press release. “Our administration is pleased to announce these critical reforms during Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Month to target the drivers of trafficking and do more to keep […]

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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh expressed his support Monday to raise the Massachusetts minimum wage from $10 to $15 per hour.

Mayor Martin Walsh supports raising minimum wage to $15

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced Monday that he supports raising the minimum wage in Massachusetts from $10 to $15 per hour, according to Bonnie McGilpin, spokesperson for Walsh. “Mayor Walsh supports raising the minimum wage to $15 in Boston and across Massachusetts,” McGilpin wrote in an email. “The Mayor understands the complexities and that’s why he is convening a committee […]

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General Electric announced that the company will donate $50 million to the Boston community following mixed reactions to plans to move its global headquarters to the city. PHOTO BY SOFIA FARENTINOS/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

General Electric pledges $50 million to local community

General Electric pledged Monday to invest $50 million in the City of Boston by donating to public schools, STEM workforce populations, community health centers and by making other charitable donations, according to a Monday press release. In January, GE announced that the company would be relocating its corporate headquarters to Boston, according to a Jan. 13 press release. The primary […]

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In honor of Equal Pay Day this Tuesday, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s Office of Women’s Advancement and the American Association of University Women kicked off free salary negotiation workshops on Monday. PHOTO BY ELLEN CLOUSE/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Mayor Martin Walsh hosts free salary negotiation workshops

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, in collaboration with the Office of Women’s Advancement, announced Sunday a week of free salary negotiation workshops, which will be hosted around the city in honor of Equal Pay Day, according to a Sunday press release. In September 2015, Walsh partnered with the American Association of University Women in a pledge to train 85,000 women. This […]

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The City of Boston has improved its use of technology and data within government service, according to a policy brief released Monday by the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. GRAPHIC BY SARAH SILBIGER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF PHOTO BY KRISHNA SHARMA/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Policy Brief highlights Boston’s data and analytics work

The Harvard Kennedy School’s Rappaport Institute, in conjunction with the City of Boston’s Department of Innovation and Technology, the Inspectional Services Department and the Boston Fire Department, released a policy brief Monday aimed at improving Boston’s data and analytics work, according to a Monday press release. The brief detailed the city’s efforts to revamp the permitting and licensing process as […]

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Bipartisan legislation that aims to ease individuals convicted of drug offenses back into society was signed Wednesday by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker. ILLUSTRATION BY NICOLAS TEPPER/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Gov. Charlie Baker reduces re-entry barriers after drug convictions

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bipartisan legislation Wednesday to reduce re-entry barriers for those within the commonwealth who carry drug convictions, according to a Wednesday press release. The release stated that those released from jail with drug convictions will no longer face a suspended driver’s license or $500 reinstatement fee. The bill will help those who have been convicted […]

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In response the ongoing legal battles concerning ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft, U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton granted Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and his administration six months to revise regulations. The taxi industry considered the ruling a legal victory in its fight for equal protection rights. PHOTO BY RACHEL MCLEAN/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Judge orders Walsh administration to change regulations for Uber, Lyft

United States District Court Judge Nathaniel Gorton gave Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s administration six months to change the way the city regulates taxis and ride-hailing companies, such as Uber and Lyft, according to Judge Gorton’s Thursday court order. In his order, Gorton wrote that these changes have become imperative as transportation network companies continue to rise in popularity. “As TNCs […]

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The Boston City Council passed a bill Friday that will that ban city-sponsored travel to North Carolina as a result of the state's discrimination against transgender individuals. GRAPHIC BY RACHEL CHMIELINKSKI/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

City Council bans city-sponsored travel to North Carolina

The Boston City Council passed an ordinance Wednesday banning all city-sponsored travel to North Carolina, according to Dan Sibor, chief of staff for City Councilor Josh Zakim. Zakim filed the ordinance on March 28 as a result of a recently passed law in North Carolina, according to a press release from the same day. The ordinance stated that the North […]

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In an effort to find alternative solutions to the use of firearms, the Massachusetts State Police announced Thursday that they will outfit their troopers with Tasers. PHOTO COURTESY WIKIMEDIA

Massachusetts State Police arm troopers with Tasers

The Massachusetts State Police announced on Thursday the purchase of 895 electronic control weapons in the form of Tasers to immediately equip state troopers in the Division of Field Services, according to a Thursday press release. According to the release, the MSP will begin arming troopers with Tasers in an effort to reduce gun usage to control violent, non-compliant suspects. […]

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A report issued Wednesday by the Office of the Inspector General found that Massachusetts has lost nearly $1 million in revenue on highway tolls. PHOTO BY BRIGID KING/DAILY FREE PRESS STAFF

Massachusetts loses $1 million in toll revenue

Massachusetts lost nearly $1 million in toll revenue by allowing employees and retirees of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to pass through tollbooths without paying the fee, according to a Wednesday report from the Office of the Inspector General. The report stated that more than $985,000 was lost in toll revenue between Nov. 1, 2009 and Aug. 31, 2015. MassDOT […]

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