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The Mass. State House in Boston.

Mass. House leaders unveil $47.7b spending plan that forgoes broad-based tax hikes

The budget proposal instead would allow the state to pluck up to $1.9 billion from the state’s emergency savings, a nod to the relatively careful forecasting lawmakers say the state will need amid its still-uncertain path through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Boston's Acting Mayor Kim Janey

Janey unveils $3.75 billion operating budget for Boston

The proposed budget includes $142 million in new revenue for a 3.9 percent increase over this year, city officials said Tuesday.

Boston's Acting Mayor Kim Janey in her City Hall office.

Watch live: Acting Mayor Janey to speak about public safety

Acting Mayor Kim Janey is scheduled to speak Tuesday about public safety efforts in Boston as well as give an update on the implementation of police reform and the creation of the Office of Police Accountability and Transparency.

A crew prepared to film a scene of "The Tender Bar" last month in Boston's South End.

As Beacon Hill begins budget debate, tax breaks come under scrutiny

A government report targets 10 tax breaks — collectively costing well over $200 million each year — that analysts say don’t earn enough money to justify their expense or are simply no longer relevant.

Laurel Wills, logistics and operations manager of the Thompson Island Outward Bound Educational Center Island in Boston Harbor, is the city's sole registered voter on the harbor islands.

Out in Boston Harbor, one voter is an island

On the beautifully isolated harbor islands, Laurel Wills is the single, solitary registered voter in Boston’s Precinct 15 of Ward 1.

Governor Charlie Baker.

Watch live: Governor Baker to speak about COVID-19 vaccination

Governor Charlie Baker is scheduled to speak Monday about COVID-19 in Massachusetts after touring a vaccination site in Worcester. Watch live here around noon.

Former Boston police Officer Patrick Rose Sr. (photographed in 2016).

How did a police union boss survive allegations of sexual abuse? We deserve to know

The career of former Boston Police officer Patrick Rose Sr. has left behind a string of unanswered questions.

Jim Lyons, chairman of the Republican Party in Massachusetts.

A senator donated $137,000 to the state GOP. The party then spent that same amount aiding his wife’s campaign

In the churn of the November election, state Senator Ryan Fattman made a series of rapid-fire and hefty donations to the Massachusetts Republican Party, totaling $137,000.