Local Headlines: October 2, 2019
New Payroll Tax to Fund Paid Leave.
Starting this week, the state will begin deducting an additional tax from payroll. Companies will see a 0.75 percent payroll tax, while employees will be charged 38 cents for every $100 earned. This will fund the state's new paid-leave program for those who need time off to care for a sick family member or a new child. [NECN]
Price of Tickets to Red Sox Games Will Go Up in 2020.
After an uninspiring season, ticket prices are still going to go up next year for seats at Fenway Park. Red Sox Team President Sam Kennedy confirmed that they will continue their student ticket price discount, setting aside $9 tickets for students every game. [Boston Herald]
Somerville Brewing Company Files for Bankruptcy.
The popular Somerville Brewing Company, makers of Slumbrew beers, is filing for bankruptcy and looking to reorganize, reports the blog Boston Restaurant Talk. Reportedly, the company fell behind in its rent payments at its Assembly Row location. [Boston Restaurant Talk]
Interstate Plan for Reducing Transportation Emissions.
Massachusetts is one of 11 states on the East Coast, plus D.C., to agree to a proposed framework to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from transportation. The plan would have fuel distributors purchase pollution permits for the amount of carbon dioxide they would produce. [Boston Globe]
Uber Driver Traumatized After Passenger Jumps Out of Moving Vehicle.
Uber and Lyft driver Luz Ayala says she is deeply upset after a woman passenger she was driving jumped out of her car and was hit by another vehicle in the O'Neill Tunnel. The woman was hospitalized and is in critical condition. Ayala broke down as she described the incident. [CBS Boston]
Harvard University Wins Admissions Lawsuit.
A federal judge has sided with Harvard University in a lawsuit over the school's treatment of race as a factor in the school's admission process. The lawsuit against the university argued that Asian Americans were being discriminated against and that they had to score higher on college admissions tests in order to get in due to the school's race conscious admissions process. [NPR]
Rail Trail Network Expands West of Boston.
This fall, there will be ribbon-cutting ceremonies for new rail trail segments for biking, including a 2.5 mile section of the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail in West Concord, and a 4.5 mile section of the Wayside Trail in Weston and Wayland. Eventually the trails will connect for over 30 miles from Cambridge to Hudson, and for 20 miles from Sudbury to Lowell. [StreetsBlog Mass]