Baker Endorses Scrapping Business Tax Break to Pay For EITC Expansion

Hours after lawmakers unveiled an overdue state budget compromise, Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday morning endorsed the Legislature’s approach to jettison a corporate tax break so that low-income workers could receive larger tax credits.

This Week On Beacon Hill

Massachusetts Governor Baker left for the July 4th holiday saying he was confident house and senate lawmakers could agree on a budget deal by the end of this week. State house reporter Matt Murphy says it’s unclear if the governor risks failing to deliver a budget before a temporary stop-gap measure expires.

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The first gambling facility in Massachusetts will open on Wednesday in Plainville, over three years after lawmakers legalized casino gaming. Massachusetts is about to begin learning about the advantages and disadvantages of expanded gaming.

UMass Students Voice Concern About Planned Fee Hikes

The administration and finance committee of the UMass Board of Trustees voted to recommend upping tuition and fees for in-state undergraduates next school year.

The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

The governor’s task force charged with exploring Massachusetts’ opioid addiction crisis holds its final meeting on Thursday. Policymakers are looking to the task force for additional courses of action to deal with the problem.

Mass. Attorney General: NFL Focus On Deflate-Gate Is ‘Out Of Line’

Speaking for much of Patriots Nation, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey questioned the priorities of the National Football League a day after it announced a four-game suspension of quarterback Tom Brady, a hefty fine and the loss of two draft picks.

The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

Senate President Stan Rosenberg’s leadership team is preparing to release its first annual state budget proposal on Tuesday.Joint legislative committees, which are controlled by the House, have scheduled eight hearings for Tuesday as those panels ramp up their activity five months into the 2015-2016 session.