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Yearly Archives: 2011

City and Town publishes Q and A on regionalization grants Posted on Dec 1

The Division of Local Services publication City and Town today published a Q and A on Community Innovation Challenge Grants. Grant applications to promote regionalization or to enact reform and efficiency initiatives on the local level are due Jan. 17th, with recipients of the award   …Continue Reading City and Town publishes Q and A on regionalization grants

Blue Cross Blue Shield releases report on state’s health law Posted on Nov 29

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts recently released a report on the state's five-year old landmark health care law. Given the national clamor over health care reform generated in the Republican presidential primary campaign, as well as the recent decision of the U.S.   …Continue Reading Blue Cross Blue Shield releases report on state’s health law

DLS reports on average single-family property taxes and values in FY11 Posted on Nov 18

The Division of Local Services in its publication City and Town yesterday reported on average single-family tax bills and property values for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2011. Given the fiscal confines of the state's property tax limitation law, Proposition 2 1/2, it was not   …Continue Reading DLS reports on average single-family property taxes and values in FY11

Reagan-appointed judge upholds health insurance law Posted on Nov 9

(Editor's Note: The United States Supreme Court announced  November 14 that it will hear a legal challenge to the national health care law with a decision expected in the summer of 2012.) ————————————————————————————————————————– Reporter Sarah Kliff has noted that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the   …Continue Reading Reagan-appointed judge upholds health insurance law

Patrick-Murray announce $4M for regionalization grants Posted on Nov 8

The Patrick-Murray administration yesterday announced the details on a new $4 million grant program designed to assist cities and towns to develop regionalization programs and to encourage efficiency. The program, called the Community Innovation Challenge (CIC) grant program, was funded in the FY11 supplemental budget   …Continue Reading Patrick-Murray announce $4M for regionalization grants

Man bites dog: Amazon offers to collect sales tax for other retailers Posted on Nov 4

The Los Angeles Times yesterday ran an eye-popping story reporting that giant internet retailer Amazon, which has steadfastly refused to act as a sales tax collector for states, is now working the other side of the street and is selling its services as a tax   …Continue Reading Man bites dog: Amazon offers to collect sales tax for other retailers

October revenue collections total $1.450 billion Posted on Nov 3

DOR today released the October revenue report tallying a monthly collection of $1.45 billion, $107 million more than collected a year ago and $12 million under the revised monthly benchmark. The FY12 revenue estate was revised upward by $395 million on October 17. As a   …Continue Reading October revenue collections total $1.450 billion

DOR proposes to expand tax practitioner electronic filing Posted on Oct 31

The Department of Revenue has issued a draft Technical Information Release  that would require income tax preparers who reasonably expect to file more than 10 returns in a calendar year to file those returns electronically. The existing rule established in 2004 required tax preparers filing 100   …Continue Reading DOR proposes to expand tax practitioner electronic filing

DLS announces $65 million distribution of additional local aid Posted on Oct 28

Gov. Deval Patrick yesterday signed a supplemental budget for FY11 that appropriates $65 million in additional local aid for cities and towns. The funds will be distributed Monday, Oct. 31, and this is no trick. The Division of Local Services has published the individual city   …Continue Reading DLS announces $65 million distribution of additional local aid

September revenue is $178 million more than a year ago Posted on Oct 5

The Department of Revenue yesterday released September revenue figures showing a monthly collection that was $178 million more than that of a year ago, and was $141 million above the monthly benchmark. For the first quarter of FY12, revenue is now up $310 million from   …Continue Reading September revenue is $178 million more than a year ago