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The Massachusetts income tax will drop slightly in the new year — to 5.20 percent from the current 5.25 percent — because of stronger-than-anticipated growth in revenues, state officials said Wednesday.
A majority of the state's gambling commission appeared Tuesday to be leaning toward allowing Mohegan Sun to pursue a casino on land owned by Suffolk Downs in Revere, without requiring a second vote by the city's residents.
For the casino industry in Massachusetts, this year was a bit like the experience of a gambler during a long evening at the blackjack table: giddiness after early success, then despair after mounting losses.
Mohegan Sun returned to the Massachusetts casino competition on Wednesday, reaching a deal to partner with Suffolk Downs to help develop and operate a proposed resort casino on the portion of the thoroughbred racetrack's property in Revere.
Business leaders appear open to supporting a modest hike in the state's $8 per hour minimum wage, but only if coupled with business-friendly reforms in the unemployment insurance system.
A former chemist at a Massachusetts drug lab who admitted faking test results in criminal cases pleaded guilty Friday and was sentenced to prison in a scandal that has jeopardized thousands of convictions.
State gambling regulators on Thursday allowed Suffolk Downs more time to pursue its proposal for a casino that would sit entirely in Revere, while critics argued that East Boston's vote against the casino should halt the project immediately.