The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

As lawmakers begin vetting Governor Charlie Baker’s MBTA overhaul proposal, the House today dig’s into nearly 1,100 amendments proposed to the $38 billion House Ways and Means Committee fiscal 2016 budget.

The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

A state task force is expected to release a report on the MBTA’s failures during this winter’s storms this week. Gov. Charlie Baker has discouraged the push for new taxes to help solve the transit system’s problems.

Mass. Homeless Shelter Funding Running Out

Emergency shelters across Massachusetts will run out of money on Saturday, according to the Baker administration and legislative officials, who say they are taking steps to ensure that the family shelters for the homeless do not close their doors or cut back on services.

The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

Lawmakers and the governor remain focused on budget issues mostly to the exclusion of other stated policy priorities. Since breaking from formal sessions at the end of July 2014, the Legislature has shouldered a light workload.

The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

As lawmakers map out a series of public hearings to learn more about Gov. Charlie Baker’s $38.1 billion fiscal 2016 budget, they are also busy passing through the Legislature the governor’s proposal to pour $350 million in fresh appropriations into the fiscal 2015 budget.

For Olympics Work, Former Gov. Patrick To Get $7,500 — Per Day

A top aide to Boston 2024, the organization putting together the city’s bid, said Patrick won’t be a full-time salaried employee “but will be compensated based on the amount of his travel and efforts on behalf of Boston 2024 – the extent of which has not been determined at this time.”

The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

Massachusetts House lawmakers have only about a month to review and redraft Governor Charlie Baker’s $38.1 billion fiscal 2016 budget. New governors are afforded weeks of extra time to draft their first annual budgets, but the timetable to have a budget in place, by July 1, remains the same.

The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

Between staffing up his administration, organizing working groups to tackle problems, and holding snow emergency press conferences, Governor Charlie Baker has put nearly two months of experience in the Corner Office under his belt without putting to paper his vision of the future of state government.

The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

Buried in snow, Massachusetts residents, businesses and the government itself are struggling to regain their form and will attempt to make progress today, when most K-12 students are due back in classrooms and the MBTA hopes to make some noticeable gains in its recently dismal service levels.