The Week Ahead On Beacon Hill

Nothing says summer recess like the president of the United States vacationing for two weeks on a Massachusetts island while the state’s top elected officials shower themselves in ice in front of the capitol to raise money for charity.

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

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.