BUDGETS

Updated at 6:57 p.m. ET

The House passed a bill Tuesday evening to avert a government shutdown on Thursday, as Senate leaders still hope to clear the way for years of budget harmony this week with a long-term spending agreement.

But as Congress worked on keeping things running, President Trump made a fresh call to shut down the government over immigration.

Governor Dannel Malloy has unveiled his proposals to close Connecticut’s latest budget gap, and improve the state’s fiscal outlook in coming years. But it appears his ideas may face opposition in the legislature as the new session gets underway.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette is based in Northampton, Mass.
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We kick off this week with many questions surfacing at The Daily Hampshire Gazette, based in Northampton. Its former executive editor says he was fired for speaking out for higher pay for female journalists, but a number of his former employees are questioning his commitment to the issue. 

Governor Dannel Malloy is introducing a proposal to restore funding for transportation projects.

Kerry Taylor and her husband are self-employed farmers from Salem. She said her family has to consider health insurance costs when balancing the annual business budget.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, gave his fourth annual address from the House rostrum.
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We're taking a look at Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's big week. With a re-election bid looming, he gave his State of the Commonwealth address on Tuesday, and a day later, released his budget proposal for the the next year

"I'd love to see us get something like our Housing Choices legislation done and few other items like that," Gov. Charlie Baker told reporters.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Gov. Charlie Baker is proposing a 2.6 percent growth in state spending, filing a $40.905 billion budget for fiscal 2019 Wednesday that calls for changes at MassHealth and a tax on short-term housing rentals. 

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, gave his fourth annual address from the House rostrum.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Facing a re-election vote in 10 months, Gov. Charlie Baker took the podium Tuesday night to kick off the final year of his four-year term, calling for renewed commitments to mental health treatment, funding for college scholarships and expanded tax breaks for low-income families.

Connecticut’s two U.S. senators, who are both Democrats, were among 18 senators who voted against the temporary stopgap measure to reopen the federal government on Monday.

"I'd love to see us get something like our Housing Choices legislation done and few other items like that," Gov. Charlie Baker told reporters.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

With many of his legislative proposals idling on Beacon Hill, Gov. Charlie Baker will tout the benefits of bipartisanship and cooperation with the Democrat-controlled Legislature when he addresses the state on Tuesday night as the popular Republican enters the final year of his first-term looking to cement the record he will run on for re-election.

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