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✅ ❌ The ballot questions that passed (and failed)

Plus: A sweet last-minute flight deal.

It's Thursday, Boston.

😅 If there’s one thing I love more than covering Election Night, it’s the day after, because it means I won’t have to watch another political ad for the next nine-ish months.

👀 What’s on tap today:

  • And so, the Governor transition begins

  • This local brewery made a top 10 list

  • A last-minute flight deal

Up first…


Yes. Yes. No. Yes.

Illustration: Katie Cole

Election day? Try Election week. Three of the four ballot questions were called yesterday, so in case you shut all other election news out of your brain after Maura Healey was elected Governor, here’s what you need to know:

👍 Question 1 passed. This means that starting in 2023, Massachusetts residents making over $1 million in taxable income will pay an additional 4% surtax on their income over $1 million. So if you make $999,999 or less, don’t sweat it, you’re in the clear.

👍 Question 2 passed. This means the state will start regulating dental insurance companies, i.e., requiring them to share financial data, etc. And starting in 2024, all dental insurance providers will be required to spend 83 cents of every dollar generated by premiums toward a patient’s dental work.

Side bar: Q2 passing makes Mass. the first state in the nation to implement these kinds of regulations on the dental insurance industry, so expect some extra eyes on us to see how it goes.

👎 Question 3 failed. Nothing changes about the state’s handling of retail alcohol licenses. Business as usual.

👍 Question 4 passed. This means the state will keep a law that allows immigrants without legal status to get a driver’s license. The law will go into effect next July.

And ICYMI yesterday’s roundup of historic Election Night wins, be sure to check out our video explainer on IG.


Quick & Dirty Headlines

Image: Giphy, Illustration: Katie Cole

🤷‍♀️ So we have a new Governor-elect. Now what? The transition of power begins. Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito met with Maura Healey and Kim Driscoll yesterday to start planning the transition between administrations. Baker and Healey have worked together over the last few years, so this transition should be relatively smooth and painless. And in true New England fashion, Baker invited the incoming administration to a meeting on snow preparedness later this month. So they can face a Mass. winter head on when they take office in January.

Amazon’s zero-emission vehicles will be used in Boston this holiday season. So if you can’t hear the delivery truck pulling up to your door, it might be one of their fleet of electric vans. A full charge on one of these boxy-looking vehicles (which can apparently fit 24 standard-sized refrigerators) can take drivers 150 miles. And, according to Amazon, these vans have delivered five million packages throughout the U.S. — all part of their goal to reach net-zero emissions by 2040.

🍺 Sam Adams offers one of the best brewery tours in the country, according to USA Today readers. The publication recently released a list of the 10 best brewery tours in the U.S. as part of their 2022 Reader’s Choice Awards, and the Jamaica Plain-based brewery ranked No. 5. If you’re dying to go, their Signature Experience tour starts at $10 where you can learn all about the brewing process, and goes up to $50 for a VIP pass experience.


Last-minute Thursday plans

Illustration, Katie Cole

📚 Embrace your inner introvert at a free silent reading party at Porter Square Books: Boston Edition. The party is B.Y.O.B. (bring your own book) or buy one there. Refreshments are provided. | Tonight at 6 p.m.

👗 See looks from local designers at the Liberty Hotel’s Fashionably Late Thursdays fashion show. General admission is FREE. | Tonight from 9 to 11 p.m.

🛍️ Start your holiday shopping at The House of Willows’ Holiday Artists Market pop up at Democracy Brewing. Everything is locally made, which is always a plus. | Tonight from 6 to 9 p.m.

🎤 Laugh with comedian Beth Selling on her ‘Petty Betty’ tour. She’s had stand-up specials on HBO and Netflix, so you know she’s legit. Tickets start at $31.50 | Tonight at 8 p.m.

🖼 Visit the ICA for free as part of their Free Thursday Night series. You can take a peek at what exhibits they’re showing here. | Tonight from 5 to 9 p.m.


GTFO of Boston for less

Gif: Jersey Shore Family Vacation via Giphy, Illustration: Katie Cole

Need a vacation from the gloom and doom of a Boston winter? Southwest has you covered. You can fly out of Logan Airport as part of Southwest’s winter sale for as low as $59. Their three-day sale ends today, but there’s still time to grab tickets to warmer climates for less. The only catch is you need to fly out on a Tuesday or Wednesday.

And in other flight news that does not include warm weather destinations, Iceland-based PLAY airlines announced they’re taking travelers out of Logan Airport to two new destinations: Stockholm, Sweden and Hamburg, Germany. Service to Sweden starts in March, and trips to Germany begin in May.

After a long election season, a trip out of the country sounds pretty tempting.

😋 Thanks for reading! I’m itching to try a new restaurant in the area. Any recs? I’m partial to anything tapas style.

💃 For more hot takes and late night thoughts, follow me on Twitter and IG @emilyschario. Send comments and suggestions to [email protected].