MRLDA 2023 Legislative Priorities

HOUSING DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVE PROGRAM TAX CREDITS Recent studies have found there is a need to construct more than 100,000 new housing units in Massachusetts in order to meet the current demand. We support Governor Healey’s proposal to increase the level of annual funding for the tax credits made available through the Housing Development Incentive Program. […]

Massachusetts Legislative Update May 2023

Legislature Approves Changes to Tax Rebate Law The House of Representatives and Senate have voted to exclude the new revenues from the “millionaire’s tax” from the law that requires the state to rebate tax revenues when they exceed a certain benchmark. The law, known as Chapter 62F, was triggered last year, which resulted in a […]

MRLDA Legislative Update
April 2023

State News: AG Announces Drop in Workers Compensation RatesAttorney General Andrea Campbell has announced an agreement with the Workers’ Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau and the State Rating Bureau that will lower workers’ compensation insurance rates by an average of 10 percent beginning on July 1. The rate reduction is expected to save Massachusetts businesses […]

Massachusetts Legislative Update
March 2023

State News: Governor Proposes Tax Relief LegislationGovernor Healey has filed legislation to reduce several tax rates and increase tax credits for sometaxpayers that would cost the state $859 million in revenue each year. Her bill includes a proposalto double the tax credit from $6,000 to $12,000 for homeowners who conduct repairs or replacefailed cesspool or […]

Massachussetts Legislative Update
February 2023

Issues Update: Insurers Recommend 4 Percent Workers Compensation Rate Cut The Workers Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau which represents more than 300 insurancecarriers in Massachusetts has asked the Division of Insurance to reduce the average rate for workerscompensation insurance by 4 percent. The proposed rate cut follows a similar 3.5 percent rate reduction that was […]

Massachusetts Legislative Update
January 2023

State News: New Legislature Seated for 2023 – 2024 Session On January 4th the newly elected members of the Massachusetts Legislature were sworn into office to begin the 2023 – 2024 legislative session. 5 new Senators were sworn into the 40 member Senate and 22 new Representatives jointed the 160 member House of Representatives. The […]

MA Transgender Accomodation Law

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has signed the transgender accommodations bill into law, which will allow transgender individuals to use restrooms, changing rooms, and locker rooms that match their gender identities rather than the biological sex assigned at their birth. It will also protect transgender individuals from discrimination in places of public accommodation and will prohibit […]

Massachusetts New Pay Equity Law

Governor Charlie Baker has signed a new Pay Equity Law which received the unanimous support from the members of the Massachusetts State Senate and House of Representatives. This legislation expands and clarifies the current Massachusetts Law which prohibits employers from discriminating in the payment of wages for like or comparable work on the basis of […]

Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness ACT

It shall be an unlawful practice for an employer to: (1) Deny a reasonable accommodation for an employee’s pregnancy or any condition related to the employee’s pregnancy including, but not limited to, lactation or the need to express breast milk for a nursing child if the employee requests such an accommodation. An employer may deny […]

Massachusetts Legislative Update
May 2022

Senate Approves Local Ban on Fossil Fuels The State Senate recently passed new climate change legislation that enhances a similar law that was passed earlier this year. Under this new proposal, the Department of Energy Resources would be authorized to select 10 communities to participate in pilot programs to ban the use of fossil fuels […]