The new fiscal year is about to begin, but Massachusetts does not have a budget in place. Governor Baker is now hoping it will happen by Independence Day.
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 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.
Five months deep into the two-year session, Massachusetts legislative leaders and Gov. Charlie Baker have little to show as far as progress on their non-budgetary agenda.
A fight over tax policy is primed to take over Beacon Hill this week. That’s as the House and Senate begin negotiations over their versions of the next state budget.
Debates begin this week on the Massachusetts Senate’s version of the next state budget. Lawmakers will wade through 942 amendments attached to the bill.
Lawmakers in the Massachusetts House plan to release their version of the state budget this week. Gov. Charlie Baker has already introduced a $38 billion budget for fiscal 2016.
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.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has made clear that he’s against raising taxes or creating new ones but he’s not opposed to making changes in the current tax code.
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.
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.
The Massachusetts Legislature pauses from its slow, snow-clogged start to the 2015 session for school vacation week, a span where activity on Beacon Hill has historically decreased.
Like college freshmen scurrying to finish their term papers, Massachusetts legislators showed that procrastination doesn’t always spell doom. Before Thursday night’s deadline, they squeaked through bills aimed at reducing gun violence, creating jobs and strengthening domestic violence rules.
Massachusetts lawmakers are now grinding out the final two weeks of formal sessions, forcing bills through, often with little or no debate.
Museum leaders are optimistic about final passage of a $24.4 million grant approved by the state’s House of Representatives.