The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

Governor Charlie Baker’s signature is all that’s needed to green-light a “sales tax holiday” on August 15th and 16th. The Legislature passed the sales tax holiday bill last week, which has become an annual event in recent years.

The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

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.

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.

The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

A state task force is expected to release a report on the MBTA’s failures during this winter’s storms this week. Gov. Charlie Baker has discouraged the push for new taxes to help solve the transit system’s problems.

The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

Lawmakers and the governor remain focused on budget issues mostly to the exclusion of other stated policy priorities. Since breaking from formal sessions at the end of July 2014, the Legislature has shouldered a light workload.

The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

As lawmakers map out a series of public hearings to learn more about Gov. Charlie Baker’s $38.1 billion fiscal 2016 budget, they are also busy passing through the Legislature the governor’s proposal to pour $350 million in fresh appropriations into the fiscal 2015 budget.