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.