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.
Members of the Massachusetts Senate will likely address the state’s opioid addiction crisis as they return to Beacon Hill for formal sessions.
The opioid crisis is a tragedy with some unlikely side effects. In this case, one of those side effects is uniting Democrats from Massachusetts with Republicans from the Midwest.
A task force created by Gov. Charlie Baker says drug addiction must be considered a medical disease and has outlined a series of steps to fight opioid abuse.
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.
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.
As Massachusetts continues to grapple with heroin overdoses, the conversation in Greenfield Friday morning turned to rehabilitation and job training.
The group in Franklin County met yesterday in Greenfield to get updates on the work of many health, public safety, and government officials on efforts to curb the rate of opiate use and overdoses.
The recommendations come on the heels of a report compiled in the last few months and includes improving access to treatment.