Only three of the five Massachusetts democratic candidates for governor will be advancing to the September primary. Juliette Kayyem and Joseph Avellone didn’t get enough votes at the state convention on Saturday. State treasurer Steve Grossman won. Attorney General Martha Coakley came in second and Don Berwick a close third.
Last week, the house and senate made a significant dent in their end-of-session workload by advancing bills to raise the minimum wage and change unemployment insurance rules, finance the expansion of the Boston convention and exhibition center, force utilities to embark on long-term plans to repair leaking underground natural gas pipes, and spur economic development to create new jobs.
The bill raising the minimum wage from $8 an hour to a nation-leading $11 an hour by 2017 cleared the senate 35-4 and is expected to win house approval on Wednesday.
For Susan Kaplan’s conversation with Matt Murphy about the week ahead on Beacon Hill, click the audio player above.