It’s budget time for the Massachusetts Senate this week. Senators will wade through 1,167 amendments to the spending plan starting on Tuesday.
This week marks the first of several hurdles for a proposed constitutional amendment known as the “millionaire tax.” It would add a 4 percent surtax to incomes over $1 million.
The bill bans discrimination based on gender identity in public accommodations and would allow people to use bathrooms, locker rooms and other sex-segregated facilities that correspond with their gender identity rather than physical anatomy.
This is a big week for transgender advocates in Massachusetts. On Thursday, the state Senate is planning to vote on a bill that would extend public accomodation rights to transgender individuals.
Republican Governor Charlie Baker faces a new political challenge in the months ahead: work with Beacon Hill Democrats during legislative crunch time while also working to unseat some of those same Democrats.
Sen. Jason Lewis, who co-chairs the Public Health Committee, said that about half of the state’s population lives in municipalities that have adopted local regulations setting 21 as the minimum age to purchase tobacco.
Citing inadequate commitments from prospective customers, Kinder Morgan on Wednesday suspended further work and spending on its Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline project, which held the possibility of helping Massachusetts and the New England to meet its energy and electricity cost goals.
The House unveils its budget, Baker signs the solar bill, plus: the ten-year anniversary of RomneyCare.
Massachusetts lawmakers are looking to pump more money into the state budget as some state accounts are close to running out of money.
This week: the likely passage of a bill to restore driving rights to ex-drug offenders, negotiations on public records, and a look at Attorney General Maura Healey’s activism on transgender rights.
Governor Baker signs an opioid bill, the legislature hits a bill-reporting deadline, and a look at the prospects for a bill that would raise the smoking age to 21.
Massachusetts voters pick their presidential candidates. Plus, a look at the slow pace of legislative activity on Beacon Hill.
Investigations into Mass. state Sen. Brian Joyce have expanded beyond the state Ethics Commission to the FBI and the IRS after the two federal agencies on Wednesday raided the Canton law offices of the Milton Democrat, officials said.
Tuesday’s New Hampshire presidential primaries are dominating attention, accentuated Friday by Gov. Charlie Baker’s decision to endorse New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Gov. Charlie Baker, a moderate New England Republican who has resisted overtures to get involved in the rowdy GOP primary for president, will on Friday endorse New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.