LAW MAKERS DISCUSS IMPOSiNG SALES TAX ON ITEMS BOUGHT ONLINE

By Bob Katzen 

Bill (H 1524) – Requires the state to plan and prepare to collect the state’s 6.25 percent sales taxes on all items purchased online if and when the federal government authorizes states to mandate that Internet sellers collect sales taxes. Federal law currently only requires the sales tax to be collected by sellers who have a physical presence like a store or warehouse in the state. Continue reading LAW MAKERS DISCUSS IMPOSiNG SALES TAX ON ITEMS BOUGHT ONLINE

Somerville Not On List of Municipal Small Bridge Program Award Winners


   $16 MILLION FOR SMALL BRIDGE REPAIRS – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has awarded 36 cities and towns grants to fund the repair of bridges that are 20 or fewer feet in length. This 5-year, $50 million program was approved by the Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker last August. It will reimburse communities up to $500,000 per year to repair these small bridges, which are not eligible for federal aid. The funds can be used for the design, construction and administrative costs for the preservation, rehabilitation or replacement of these bridges.
   Supporters, noting there are some 1,300 small bridges across the state, say that many of these are in desperate need of repair or replacement and are at high risk for full or partial closure in the near future if action is not taken.  Continue reading Somerville Not On List of Municipal Small Bridge Program Award Winners