On Beacon Hill: Looking ahead to a taxing 2018 | Taxes and wages loom as major election year issues in 2018, when state voters could rule on proposals to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022, cut the 6.25 percent sales tax to 5 percent, and impose a 4 percent surtax on household incomes above $1 million per year.
Baker releases budget funds earmarked by Legislature | “After reviewing year-to-date tax revenue collections, including preliminary December results, the administration has determined that there is sufficient revenue to support earmark spending and has released its hold on those spending items,” a spokesman wrote in a statement to State House News Service.
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So hungry you could eat a Horse Feast? Try deadhorse hill | At deadhorse hill, the trendy, well-regarded downtown eatery, Chef Jared Forman’s tasting menu is one of breathtaking explorations into the American palate. Coupling a unique approach to seasonal items with a regular rotation of inspiring presentations, the tasting menu we recently sampled provided all sorts of surprises. Giselle Rivera-Flores finds out what all the fuss is about on North Main Street.
Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 229]: Weeding out wasteful resolutions | Be kinder, find a hobby, drop a few pounds, maybe even shed a bad habit or two. While the practice of New Year’s resolutions can be traced to the religious rites of ancient Babylonians and Romans, modern folks kneeling at the altars of WhatsApp, SnapChat and Twitter generally take their January promises somewhat less seriously. Not one to blow smoke, Hitch thinks Worcester folks should take a pass this year.
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Health insurance tax on tap for Mass. employers | The new year brings with it mixed financial news for Massachusetts employers, with $200 million in new healthcare assessments and unemployment insurance rate relief both taking effect.