Malloy will propose more than $550 million in across-the-board spending cuts for the next fiscal year. He delivers his State of the State address Wednesday.
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.
A new state budget cycle gets underway next week in Massachusetts and the proceedings this year will carry extra weight for local aid to cities and towns.
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.
Is there another budget problem festering on Beacon Hill? Three-plus months into the new fiscal year, the Baker administration has ratcheted down its estimate of revenues available to support the $38.1 billion budget.
Governors Michael Dukakis and William Weld were unable to advance a project connecting downtown Boston’s two train hubs and closing the broken link in East Coast rail service. On Wednesday, they plan to meet with Governor Charlie Baker to appeal to him to get the job done.
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.
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.
The bill is a compromise between nurses and hospitals hashed out by Sen. Stan Rosenberg.
A Senate bill would classify leaks, requiring immediate repairs to severe leaks, and time limits for gas companies to address less threatening ones.
Raise Up Massachusetts isn’t stopping its campaign to raise the minimum wage through a ballot question, even after House Speaker Robert DeLeo brought the legislature one step closer to raising the wage on its own.
A bill that would change existing tax credits for United Technologies Corporation is expected to have bipartisan legislative support in Connecticut.