Government

House panel hears minimum wage hike proposals

Lago's Ice Cream in Rye would have to increase the price of a cone by a quarter and sell thousands more of them to get the money to pay its teenage crew the 75 cents an hour more required by the most conservative of the three minimum wage bills proposed this year, estimated Steve Grenier, the owner of the business, at a hearing held Tuesday before the House Labor Committee.

BIA readies release of new 'Blue Book'

The "Blue Book" -- the legislative directory that has had an almost Bible-like reputation among State House denizens for more than three decades -- will be coming out in mid-February with a new owner, a new publisher, an online edition, and packed with more information than before.