Greenway deal could clear the way for Winthrop Square tower

The City of Boston, Baker administration officials, and key Beacon Hill lawmakers have reached a tentative agreement on a deal that would smooth the way for a massive skyscraper to rise over Winthrop Square and could help finance the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway over the next decade. State Representative Aaron […]

Battle lines drawn over short-term rental tax

    HYANNIS — Lawmakers considering a short-term rental tax took their show on the road Monday, visiting Barnstable Town Hall to gauge public sentiment on the proposal. “We’re here to listen,” said state Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, D-Boston, co-chairman of the Joint Committee on Financial Services.  They got an earful. […]

Short-term rentals a complex issue

LENOX — Fair fight. Level playing field. Those catchphrases were heard repeatedly this past week when state lawmakers chose Berkshire County for a public hearing on the likelihood that the state and local communities will tax homeowners who rent space to short-term guests via Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, FlipKey and other […]

Don’t just tax Airbnb rentals — regulate them, too

  To tax or not to tax Airbnb-style rentals, there should be no question about it. Of course travelers booking a stay at a house or an apartment through an online portal should be taxed — just as they are at hotels — and there appears to be enough momentum […]

Representative Michlewitz 2017-2018 Legislative Proposals

Legislative Proposals for 2017-2018 Session This session, I have filed twenty four (24) pieces of legislation, here are a few highlights and priorities I will be focusing on the next two years: 1) Short-Term Residential Rentals Directs short-term rentals to be registered with State & City Three Different categories of […]

A Key State Lawmaker Wants More Green for the Greenway

Representative Aaron Michlewitz is suggesting the state could thwart the billion-dollar Winthrop Square skyscraper project if the city of Boston doesn’t agree to put some of the money it would make from the development toward maintaining the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, the park that snakes through the heart of the city.