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Steph Solis
8 hours ago - News

Tax rebate math favors rich

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Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

The rich are likely to benefit the most from tax rebates that could come as soon as next month.

What's happening: Massachusetts owes taxpayers $2.9 billion under the automatic tax refund law, an obscure law last triggered in 1987 that returns surplus tax revenue to Bay Staters.

Steph Solis
Oct 5, 2022 - Politics

Southeast Asians in Massachusetts find hope in new bill

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Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

A new bill being considered by the U.S. Congress would halt deportations and offer work permits to Southeast Asian refugees who have lived in Massachusetts and other places in the country for decades.

Why it matters: Thousands of asylum seekers have settled in Dorchester and Lowell and raised families, but their lack of legal immigration status has led to deportations over the past two decades. 

Report of Northeastern University explosion was a hoax, former employee arrested

A general view of signage on Northeastern University Campus. Photo: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

A reported explosion at Northeastern University last month was a hoax perpetrated by a former employee, who has been arrested and charged for orchestrating the hoax and lying to federal authorities about it.

Driving the news: The FBI announced at a news conference Tuesday that it had arrested Jason Duhaime, 45, a former Northeastern employee from Texas, in connection with the case.

Mike Deehan
Oct 4, 2022 - News

Beacon Hill's gorgeous new bookshop

A bookstore sales floor
Photo: Sarah Winchester courtesy of Beacon HIll Books and Cafe

Beacon Hill now has a bookstore to call its own that may prove to be a new favorite haunt for readers across Boston.

What's happening: Beacon Hill Books and Cafe opened this weekend after a lengthy renovation of the brownstone and restaurant space at 71 Charles St.

Steph Solis
Oct 3, 2022 - Politics

Satanic Temple goes after abortion bans

A statue of Baphomet, the goat-headed diety, at the Satanic Temple in Salem.
Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images

The Salem-based Satanic Temple is suing Indiana and Idaho in federal court over their abortion bans, arguing they violate the religious rights of people in those states.

Driving the news: The Satanic Temple filed its complaint against Idaho on Friday, a week after filing a similar one in Indiana.

Steph Solis
Sep 30, 2022 - Politics

Scoop: Massachusetts considered using health care subsidy funds in case of shortfall

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Baker administration officials considered using money from a $225 million fund meant to cover health care costs for low-income people to plug a budget hole in the event that the state would have faced a deficit because of a 1986 law that triggered automatic tax refunds.

Driving the news: Documents obtained by Axios through a records request and reviewed by more than two state budget experts indicate the administration explored the scenario in mid-June as they considered what to do if they faced a nine-figure budget deficit.

Mike Deehan
Sep 29, 2022 - News

Massachusetts Transportation Department seeks community input

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The state's transportation department is trying to chart the future of travel in Massachusetts, and officials want your help.

The big picture: The Massachusetts Department of Transportation's 2050 plan, titled "Beyond Mobility," will be the blueprint behind the agency's vision, strategy and goals. An online survey and public events are trying to capture as much feedback as possible.

Brianna Crane
Sep 29, 2022 - News

Boston is second most expensive metro for renters

Data: Dwellsy; Chart: Axios Visuals/Axios

With a median rent for new listings of $3,000, Boston is one of the most expensive cities for renters, according to numbers from rental company Dwellsy.

Why it matters: Already expensive rents have increased in 2022, making it harder for people to afford housing.