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.
Between staffing up his administration, organizing working groups to tackle problems, and holding snow emergency press conferences, Governor Charlie Baker has put nearly two months of experience in the Corner Office under his belt without putting to paper his vision of the future of state government.
In a surprise development, MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott resigned yesterday. The move came amid commuter frustration – and criticism from the governor – over T failures during the recent snowstorms.
Updated at 11:28 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.
The storm slams central and eastern Mass., while leaving few scars on the western part of the state.
Rosenberg is settling into his new role as Senate President, with lawmakers facing a budget gap.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker quickly ruled out higher taxes as a solution to a fiscal 2015 budget problem he estimated at more than $500 million and said everything else was on the table. On Friday, he instituted a state government hiring freeze, announced a procurement and contract review.
Baker placed his left hand on a family Bible, and recited the oath of office.
It’s inauguration day in Massachusetts. Republican Charlie Baker will be sworn in as the state’s next governor at noon.
DCF got an infusion of cash, and new social workers, but Spears inherits a department still struggling with high caseloads and a poor reputation.
Governors in the six New England states will be sworn in this week.
Right now there’s one train, each way, between Boston and Springfield: Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited, which also stops in Framingham, Worcester and Pittsfield on its way to Chicago.
Governor-elect Charlie Baker prepares for the state budget and his remaining cabinet appointments.
Between Patrick administration officials searching for jobs and Governor-elect Charlie Baker’s hunt for talent to join him in the executive branch, the coffee shops and restaurants of Beacon Hill are humming with human resources activity.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick used his executive powers this week to cut the state budget by $198 million and asked the Legislature to pass a bill to facilitate another $57 million in additional budget cuts. Since then, state revenue officials have reported that tax collections over the first half of November surpassed collections over the same period in 2013 by $89 million.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick plans to reach beyond the executive branch for help in closing a projected $325 million budget gap before he leaves office and turns the reins of state government over to Republican Charlie Baker.