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.

This Week On Beacon Hill

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick used his executive powers this week to cut the state budget by $198 million and asked the Legislature to pass a bill to facilitate another $57 million in additional budget cuts. Since then, state revenue officials have reported that tax collections over the first half of November surpassed collections over the same period in 2013 by $89 million.

The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick plans to reach beyond the executive branch for help in closing a projected $325 million budget gap before he leaves office and turns the reins of state government over to Republican Charlie Baker.

The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

This week’s elections passed just ahead of key court dates for three former probation officials convicted on corruption charges, before a judge revisits a controversial health care anti-trust settlement, and before the Patrick administration publicly acknowledged that a $325 million hole is developing in the four-month-old $36.5 billion state budget.

Baker Edges Coakley To Seize Corner Office From Mass. Dems

Four years after coming up short in his quest for the top statewide office in Massachusetts, Republican Charlie Baker declared victory early Wednesday morning in his race for governor, though Democrat Martha Coakley had not yet conceded the race.

The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

There are more than 4.3 million Massachusetts voters eligible to help decide Tuesday whether to make Martha Coakley the first woman elected governor and keep Democrats in control of the executive branch, or return Charlie Baker to state government and let a Republican again serve as a check and balance on the Democrat-controlled Legislature.

The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

Massachusetts voters next week will be deluged with debates, polling results and television ads as candidates for a series of key state offices, including governor, spend their last full week on the trail before the November 4th election.