The House and Senate capped their allegedly busy period last week by advancing mostly non-controversial bills and illustrating their differences more than their areas of agreement.
Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan with plans to build a major pipeline through parts of Massachusetts, called the study a “seriously flawed” review.
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Legislative leaders and Governor Charlie Baker do not appear too concerned by their lack of progress on major bills as they head towards a seven-week recess period that starts later this week.
This week will bring recommendations for K-12 public education financing and a major new effort to get residents signed up for health insurance. Meantime, the Legislature limps into November, without much to show for accomplishments this fall.
Is there another budget problem festering on Beacon Hill? Three-plus months into the new fiscal year, the Baker administration has ratcheted down its estimate of revenues available to support the $38.1 billion budget.
Hearings on transgender rights legislation, cost trends in health care and bills to crack down on distracted drivers will spice up the week ahead.
Baker said that in an attempt to improve retention of social workers as caseloads continue to exceed the target of 18 per worker, management and union leadership within the agency will develop a strategy this fall for recruitment and retention.
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The energy debate is set to surge on Beacon Hill with a hearing on clean power bills, including plans from Governor Charlie Baker to draw more hydroelectricity into Massachusetts.
Uber, Lyft and taxicab drivers showed up by the hundreds at the State House on Tuesday as lawmakers began to consider proposals to regulate the booming ride-hailing industry, including Gov. Charlie Baker’s attempt to thread the needle between protecting public safety and encouraging innovation.
Members of the Massachusetts Senate will likely address the state’s opioid addiction crisis as they return to Beacon Hill for formal sessions.
Governors Michael Dukakis and William Weld were unable to advance a project connecting downtown Boston’s two train hubs and closing the broken link in East Coast rail service. On Wednesday, they plan to meet with Governor Charlie Baker to appeal to him to get the job done.
Governor Charlie Baker travels to Newfoundland this week to meet with New England governors and Canadian premiers where energy options will be on the agenda.
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, mid-way through her first term as the state’s senior senator, would not commit to seeking re-election in 2018 during a Sunday morning television appearance.
“Even though the bid was withdrawn, this report demonstrates that there were a series of real risks associated with bringing the games to Massachusetts,” Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said in a statement.
The girl, around the age of 2, and another girl around the same age were transported to UMass Memorial Medical Center on Saturday after a 911 call at about 12:23 p.m., according to the Worcester District Attorney’s office.