The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

As President Obama and his entourage are set to join the 115,000 people who populate Martha’s Vineyard during the summer months, Massachusetts candidates and some lawmakers will be ramping up their campaigns, especially those facing primary contests in four weeks.

An early September 9th primary leaves little downtime for the few Beacon Hill incumbents with challengers, or those sparring in the wide open races for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and treasurer.
Obama’s arrival comes at an opportune time for his friend, Governor Deval Patrick, who has cleared his desk of the many bills sent his way on July 31, although a few major pieces of legislation are pending. State officials and lawmakers often tout the state’s tourism businesses as a reliable economic driver and the late summer weeks leading up to the start of school represent a key stretch for that sector.

Retail sector insiders meanwhile are gearing up for an August 16th and 17th sales tax holiday weekend that hinges on Governor Patrick signing a jobs bill. The governor still has also not acted on a landmark gun bill on his desk, as well as legislation addressing domestic violence, environmental investments, and retainage fees in private construction projects.

For Susan Kaplan’s conversation with Matt Murphy about the week ahead on Beacon Hill click the audio player above.