The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray has helped engineer an orderly transition to her successor, Senator Stan Rosenberg, and managed to put an extensive chamber renovation plan, including funding, in place prior to her departure and in the midst of criticism of harmful cuts to state programs and services.

This Week On Beacon Hill

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick used his executive powers this week to cut the state budget by $198 million and asked the Legislature to pass a bill to facilitate another $57 million in additional budget cuts. Since then, state revenue officials have reported that tax collections over the first half of November surpassed collections over the same period in 2013 by $89 million.