1/22/22 10:58 AM
Gov. Charlie Baker again plans to propose $200 million in new local road and bridge repair funding.
1/21/22 5:45 PM
Gov. Charlie Baker in July signed a $47.6 billion annual state budget, put his name on a $4 billion COVID-19 relief bill in December, and on Wednesday launches the fiscal 2023 budget debate. It's the governor's final budget proposal and the first one he will issue under his new lame duck status. Baker on Tuesday night will deliver his last State of the State address, remarks that will also be consumed through the lens of the evolving race among candidates to succeed him. A new governor will be in place at this time next year, preparing their first budget and inheriting management of the spending bill Beacon Hill is about to assemble. Late Friday, House leaders signaled plans to circle back to voting law reforms that have expired, with a formal session set for Thursday to take up reform legislation (S 2554) that cleared the Senate 36-3 last October.
1/21/22 12:11 PM
The Massachusetts unemployment rate in December plunged beneath 4 percent and state officials on Friday said employers have added back 537,000 jobs since employment levels bottomed out in April 2020.
1/20/22 4:16 PM
Advocates for legislation that would enable undocumented immigrants in Massachusetts to access driver's licenses are turning to supporters from a variety of sectors to make their case as a bill-reporting deadline approaches.
1/20/22 3:59 PM
The Senate lauded its newest member on Thursday: Sen. Lydia Edwards of East Boston, who swore her oath of office in a well-attended ceremony in the Senate Chamber. Sens. Michael Brady and Walter Timilty also read a eulogy for former representative and senator Robert McCarthy of East Bridgewater, who died last Saturday. Before breaking for the weekend, the Senate enacted a liquor license bill for Westfield and an authorization for alternate members of the Tyngsborough Conservation Commission.
1/20/22 2:45 PM
Andrew Dreyfus will step down at the end of 2022 as president and CEO at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
1/20/22 2:24 PM
The chairman of the Cannabis Control Commission raised concerns Thursday with what he said are "predatory financing deals" being offered to entrepreneurs and businesses from communities disproportionately harmed by the decades of marijuana prohibition and renewed the agency's call for the Legislature to make an alternate funding source available.
1/20/22 2:23 PM
Attorney General Maura Healey's entrance Thursday into the gubernatorial field not only shakes up that race, but sets the stage for a wide-open contest to succeed her as the state's top law enforcement officer.
1/20/22 1:13 PM
A handful of business owners from various sectors and from around Massachusetts came together Thursday to call attention to how the proposed surtax on income over $1 million would affect them and to push back against the notion of the proposal is something that would affect only the super-wealthy.
1/20/22 12:14 PM
The House capped off its work week by giving initial approval to legislation that would expand state law covering construction contracts to include language further defining payment protocols for police details assigned to public works projects.
1/20/22 12:10 PM
[Story Developing] A controversial natural gas facility in Weymouth will remain allowed to operate after federal regulators on Thursday declined to revoke its authorization, although one decision-maker voiced concerns about its environmental and public health impacts.
1/20/22 12:02 PM
Citing housing affordability hurdles that are compounding workforce challenges, one of the state's largest health care employers is getting behind a proposal to allow cities and towns in Massachusetts to put a new fee on housing transactions.
1/20/22 11:20 AM
A pandemic-inspired MBTA commuter rail ticket option aimed at workers with hybrid schedules would become permanent under a new proposal that would also slash the price of a single-day unlimited bus and subway pass.
1/20/22 9:14 AM
After eight terms in the House, Rep. Linda Dean Campbell will not seek reelection this fall and instead plans to spend more time with her family, the Methuen Democrat announced Wednesday.
1/19/22 6:59 PM
Attorney General Maura Healey, the state's top law enforcement official, is telling Democrats and allies that she has decided to run for governor, preparing to enter a 2022 field where she will instantly be the most well-known and well-financed candidate as she looks to regain the corner office for her party.
1/19/22 5:24 PM
All 159 members of the Massachusetts House voted Wednesday afternoon to pass a $55 million COVID-19 response bill, keeping it on track to clear the Senate and hit Gov. Charlie Baker's desk early next week.
1/19/22 5:08 PM
The House on Wednesday approved a $55 million COVID-19 spending bill, with each of the body's now-159 members voting in favor. Former Majority Leader Claire Cronin, a Democrat from Easton, took her oath of office as U.S. ambassador to Ireland in the House chamber before the final vote on the bill. The new ambassador told her former colleagues that leaving the House was bittersweet, but that she did so with optimism and enthusiasm for the job ahead.
1/19/22 5:04 PM
Rep. Maria Robinson could be a step closer to leaving the Massachusetts House, now that a hearing has been scheduled on her nomination to join the Biden administration.
1/19/22 4:58 PM
An education advocacy group is calling on the state to provide and fund in-school COVID-19 vaccination clinics, masks for every school district that requests them, and a more coordinated school testing program, arguing the current pandemic approach leaves too much in the hands of individual schools and families.
1/19/22 4:32 PM
Two men from Massachusetts, including a police officer, and a Rhode Island man were arrested Wednesday in connection with an alleged conspiracy to trade based on inside information.
1/22/22 1:59 PM
Gov. Charlie Baker again plans to propose $200 million in new local road and bridge repair funding, a level that falls below what cities and towns have asserted is required to address needs. Municipal officials have consistently sought a $300 million annual allocation as well as a multi-year funding commitment, but have been unable to convince Baker or House and Senate Democrats to agree to their approach.
1/21/22 5:03 PM
The names stretch out behind her, well-known in state political lore, like ghosts of elections past: Quinn, Harshbarger, Reilly, Coakley. They were all incumbent attorneys general who endeavored to become governor, only to fall short.
1/21/22 3:14 PM
With state tax revenues continuing to blow past projections, municipal leaders said Friday they are disappointed in Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito's forecast that cities and towns would share a collective $31.5 million hike in the pot of unrestricted local aid they receive from Beacon Hill.
1/20/22 5:48 PM
A controversial natural gas facility in Weymouth can continue to operate after federal regulators on Thursday declined to revoke the project's authorization, dealing another blow to opponents who for years have fought against the pipeline linchpin.
1/20/22 5:01 PM
A day after a ceremony in the House Chamber to send former Rep. Claire Cronin off to her new job as U.S. ambassador to Ireland, another House Democrat announced Thursday that she too will join the Biden administration later this month.
1/20/22 4:56 PM
Warren Tolman, the last Democrat to run against Attorney General Maura Healey, said Thursday that his one-time opponent "unequivocally" has his endorsement for governor.
1/20/22 2:55 PM
A new chapter in the race for governor began Thursday with Attorney General Maura Healey launching her campaign under dark, wintry skies, entering a race in which she will instantly be considered the front-runner to succeed Gov. Charlie Baker and win back the corner office for Democrats.
1/19/22 7:10 PM
As she prepares to trade the Massachusetts House for the U.S. Embassy in Ireland, and suburban Easton for a grand mansion set on hundreds of acres in Dublin, former Rep. Claire Cronin took her oath of office inside the State House on Wednesday as the new U.S. ambassador to the Emerald Isle.
1/19/22 4:17 PM
Thousands of child care and early education centers will be able to tap into the state's supply of rapid COVID-19 antigen tests beginning at the end of January for use in a new test-and-stay program rolled out by Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday designed to allow classrooms to remain open.
1/19/22 2:41 PM
Since it became widely available in September, players have used the Massachusetts Lottery app's mobile prize-claiming feature to collect more than $10 million in winnings remotely and the tool seems to be catching on.
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