The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray has helped engineer an orderly transition to her successor, Senator Stan Rosenberg, and managed to put an extensive chamber renovation plan, including funding, in place prior to her departure and in the midst of criticism of harmful cuts to state programs and services.

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.

Vermont Governor’s Race Still Contentious

Vermont Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin’s narrow defeat last week of Republican Scott Milne means the state legislature will have the final say on the matter in January. The Vermont constitution requires lawmakers take a special vote — a secret ballot — if neither candidate gets more than 50 percent in the election.

Life After Stress: The Biology of Trauma and Resilience


After September 11th, 2001, social scientists really began to focus on the psychological impact of trauma, and the power of resilience. But long before that horrible event, and certainly since, there have been brutal wars, natural disasters, mass shootings, and bombings — not to mention the chronic stress of poverty, illness, or domestic abuse. An emerging field of science is looking at ways trauma of all sorts gets embedded in the body and brain, and who weathers it best.

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.