WEEK AHEAD

Varieties of marijuana.
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The Massachusetts House had planned to vote last week on a bill making substantial changes to the voter-passed recreational marijuana law. But after quick objections to the bill -- and an issue with how it was written -- Speaker Bob Deleo delayed that vote.

State Senate President Stanley Rosenberg speaks with constituents during a meet-and-greet at Northampton Coffee on Thursday, September 10, 2015.
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In Massachusetts, there's continued uncertainty around money. A small legislative committee continues to whittle down the not-yet-passed budget that takes effect in three weeks.

Meanwhile, legislators are preparing for a constitutional convention on Wednesday. Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg said he sees one matter before lawmakers -- the so-called millionaires tax -- as a solution to the revenue issues.

Massachusetts state Senator Karen Spilka, in a photo taken May, 17, 2017.
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A clarifying moment will come Monday, as the Massachusetts Department of Revenue releases tax collection numbers for May.  The current fiscal year, and the state budget for next year, hang in the balance.

State House News Service reporter Matt Murphy tells us there's a particular group of lawmakers eagerly awaiting these numbers.

The Senate Chamber at the Massachusetts Statehouse.
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At the Massachusetts statehouse this week, senators will be busy deliberating the Ways and Means Committee's $40.3 billion budget proposal.

Last week, lawmakers filed more than 1,000 amendments to that bill.

Recognizing that lawmakers will want to get out of Boston well before the Memorial Day weekend, we asked State House News Service reporter Matt Murphy just how they plan to plow through the huge pile of amendments.

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This week, the ping-pong game that is the Massachusetts budget moves to the Senate side of the table. The Ways and Means Committee will release its budget recommendations for the fiscal year that begins in less than two months.  

A doctor's hands hold a stethoscope.
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has said that the Republican health care bill, passed last week by the U.S. House, would mean a massive loss of funds to the state. That bill now heads to the U.S. Senate.  Reporter Matt Murphy from the State House News Service joined us to discuss what steps Baker will likely take in reaction.  

Prosecutors in Massachusetts have to make some decisions by Tuesday. That's their deadline to decide whether to follow through with the thousands of cases that were tainted by the 2012 scandal at a state drug lab, where a chemist repeatedly falsified her analysis of evidence. Many of the cases could be thrown out.

We spoke to reporter Matt Murphy of the State House News Service. He said 24,000 convictions may have been compromised.

Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo.
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The next Massachusetts budget moves ahead this week, as the House Ways and Means Committee releases its version today.

This comes two-and-a-half months after Governor Charlie Baker put out his budget proposal. As we do most Mondays, we spoke to reporter Matt Murphy of the State House News Service. He said the House budget is likely to put more money toward local aid for cities and towns than Governor Baker's plan. 

It's April, and we're now about three months into a new legislative session in Massachusetts, but there's not much to show for it. However, lawmakers have been holding hearings on Governor Charlie Baker's budget proposal, and those will wrap up this week.

For all things Beacon Hill, we spoke with State House News Service reporter Matt Murphy, as we do most Mondays. The Massachusetts House is next in line to put out a budget recommendation. Murphy said we can expect to see that in the next few weeks.

Gov. Charlie Baker in November of 2016.
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The failure in Washington of GOP  healthcare legislation was welcome news to Governor Charlie Baker. The Bay State Republicans said the bill would've cost Massachusetts about $1 billion a year.

As we do most Mondays, we turn to Matt Murphy of the State House News Service for an update from Beacon Hill. Matt said that even with the failure of the federal legislation, Baker's healthcare headache remains.

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