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.

The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

With more snow in the forecast the House last Thursday preemptively scheduled a session for Friday, aware that it may not be possible to hold their usual Monday session. It was the kind of scheduling maneuver that might not have happened weeks ago, but it appears lawmakers are adapting to the reality that Mother Nature is making it tough to even get to Beacon Hill.

The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

January is passing on Beacon Hill without a whiff of solutions to a midyear budget deficit, with House members still awaiting committee assignments, and with plans from the Senate to hold open-ended hearings around the state with the goal of helping to formulate a public policy agenda.

The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is living up to his budget manager billing. The new governor has been on the job for more than two weeks and has yet to file any legislation to advance his campaign pledges, focusing instead squarely on the state budget crisis he inherited.

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,

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.

US Olympics Officials To Advance Boston 2024 Bid

The USOC, after a day-long meeting at Denver airport and more than one round of voting, announced the decision on Twitter that it had selected Boston to carry the flag forward. Boston beat out Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco to compete against a host of potential international bidders for the Olympic and Paralympic games.

The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

Sixty-six days after his narrow election over Martha Coakley, Governor-elect Charlie Baker is set to take office Thursday when Senator Stan Rosenberg, expected to be elected Senate president on Wednesday, administers the oath of office.

The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

With less than three weeks left in Senate President Therese Murray’s long Senate career and the 2013-2014 session, legislative leaders have lowered expectations for those hoping for a surge in activity akin to the recent passage in the lame-duck Congress of a $1.1 trillion spending bill.