State House reporter Matt Murphy says Baker does not need the legislature’s approval to make emergency budget cuts.
Capped by Christmas on Friday, the week ahead will likely start with a flourish and grow progressively quieter despite the official arrival of winter.
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.
Legislative leaders and Governor Charlie Baker do not appear too concerned by their lack of progress on major bills as they head towards a seven-week recess period that starts later this week.
This week will bring recommendations for K-12 public education financing and a major new effort to get residents signed up for health insurance. Meantime, the Legislature limps into November, without much to show for accomplishments this fall.
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.
Hearings on transgender rights legislation, cost trends in health care and bills to crack down on distracted drivers will spice up the week ahead.
Members of the Massachusetts Senate will likely address the state’s opioid addiction crisis as they return to Beacon Hill for formal sessions.
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.
Governor Charlie Baker travels to Newfoundland this week to meet with New England governors and Canadian premiers where energy options will be on the agenda.
State leaders ordered a review of the Boston 2024 Olympic bid when it was still alive. This week, Bay State residents will get a look at that report.
The bill will likely be addressed after lawmakers take their August break.
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.
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.