Veterans Encouraged To Speak About Concerns

The crowd of roughly 50 at a downtown hotel was about half veterans, 25 percent VA staff, many who are also veterans. And the rest, family and friends. John Collins directs the central and western Massachusetts VA health system. He’s new to the job and the VA, following 30 years in the army.

The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

Tax collections are running close to estimates halfway through Massachusetts fiscal year but the $36.5 billion state budget is out of balance by more than $500 million, according to Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker,

Big Game For New England Patriots

The New England Patriots host the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game on Sunday. This follows the Pats’ thriller last week, a 35-to-31 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker quickly ruled out higher taxes as a solution to a fiscal 2015 budget problem he estimated at more than $500 million and said everything else was on the table. On Friday, he instituted a state government hiring freeze, announced a procurement and contract review.