It’s budget time for the Massachusetts Senate this week. Senators will wade through 1,167 amendments to the spending plan starting on Tuesday.
There’s a wide variety of hearings and topics ahead at the Statehouse this week. One likely contentious formal session will be held on Thursday, as the […]
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.
Along with most schools across the state, Beacon Hill is a bit sleepy this week. Most committees are taking a break – and neither the […]
Tuesday’s New Hampshire presidential primaries are dominating attention, accentuated Friday by Gov. Charlie Baker’s decision to endorse New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
This week, public hearings begin on Governor Baker’s budget, the Senate takes up public records, and some Massachusetts politicians head to the Granite State ahead of New Hampshire’s primaries.
State House reporter Matt Murphy says Baker does not need the legislature’s approval to make emergency budget cuts.
Capped by Christmas on Friday, the week ahead will likely start with a flourish and grow progressively quieter despite the official arrival of winter.
State revenues in Massachusetts have fallen slightly short of projections. Governor Charlie Baker has said he wanted to see those numbers before deciding whether or not to make mid-year budget cuts.
The House and Senate capped their allegedly busy period last week by advancing mostly non-controversial bills and illustrating their differences more than their areas of agreement.
Legislative leaders and Governor Charlie Baker do not appear too concerned by their lack of progress on major bills as they head towards a seven-week recess period that starts later this week.
This week will bring recommendations for K-12 public education financing and a major new effort to get residents signed up for health insurance. Meantime, the Legislature limps into November, without much to show for accomplishments this fall.
Hearings on transgender rights legislation, cost trends in health care and bills to crack down on distracted drivers will spice up the week ahead.