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

Senate President Stan Rosenberg’s leadership team is preparing to release its first annual state budget proposal on Tuesday.Joint legislative committees, which are controlled by the House, have scheduled eight hearings for Tuesday as those panels ramp up their activity five months into the 2015-2016 session.

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.

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.