1/24/20 6:18 PM
The finalists for the UMass Boston chancellor's post could be announced, the state Senate plans to debate a game-changing carbon reduction proposal, and Gov. Charlie Baker is expected to resume his push for major changes in the health care industry.
1/24/20 5:29 PM
The attorney general promoted a new staff general to lead her office ... the State House has a new reporter on the beat ... Jane Doe, Inc. hired a new policy director ... a former top Deval Patrick advisor has landed at UniCare ... and a couple of former House lawmakers have new roles. These and more employment announcements in the latest Personnel File. Please Enjoy.
1/24/20 4:54 PM
Lawmakers on the Cannabis Policy Committee on Friday advanced a redrafted bill that would give the Cannabis Control Commission express authority to review and regulate the mandatory agreements and payments between host communities and marijuana businesses.
1/24/20 4:47 PM
Republican Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito has not been closely monitoring the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, she said Friday, describing it as "not high on my list of things to view."
1/24/20 11:59 AM
[Story Developing] The Baker administration is again proposing $200 million in annual local road repair funds, despite repeated calls from municipal leaders for a larger allocation and a multi-year plan to help meet infrastructure needs.
1/24/20 11:58 AM
Donald Hart of Plymouth, a former assistant district attorney who ran a law practice out of Holbrook for nine years, was nominated this week by Gov. Charlie Baker to serve as clerk magistrate of the Nantucket District Court.
1/24/20 11:32 AM
The state unemployment rate in December fell a tick to 2.8 percent and state labor officials reported Friday that employers added 44,800 jobs over the past year, with half of the job gains coming in the education and health services sector.
1/23/20 5:44 PM
Former New York City mayor and Medford native Michael Bloomberg has hired a top political advisor to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker to advise his Massachusetts presidential campaign efforts in the run-up to Super Tuesday.
1/23/20 4:39 PM
The dean of the Boston College Law School will join the commission that will choose the next Office of Campaign and Political Finance director after Gov. Charlie Baker filled a long-vacant position, clearing the path for the commission to begin its work.
1/23/20 4:38 PM
Gov. Charlie Baker won praise from Democratic lawmakers for targeting ride-hailing companies as a source for new MBTA funding, but the idea riled the services themselves. Uber and Lyft slammed Baker's plan to increase the per-trip fee on their platforms from 20 cents to $1 as a misfire that will pose an undue strain on their customers and on drivers contracted by the companies.
1/23/20 4:08 PM
The Baker administration is looking to sharply increase the fines it can assess on companies that do work on or near natural gas pipelines and to make utilities establish a timeline for replacing leak-prone pipes.
1/23/20 12:47 PM
An organization representing urban police chiefs voted this week to support legislation authorizing undocumented immigrants to obtain a standard state driver's license.
1/23/20 12:42 PM
The House referred Gov. Charlie Baker's fiscal 2021 budget to the House Committee on Ways and Means before adjourning for the weekend.
1/23/20 12:31 PM
The Senate on Thursday introduced carbon emissions, electric vehicle and energy efficiency bills that are set to hit the floor for debate next week.
1/23/20 12:17 PM
Passengers aboard a flight arriving from China were screened at Boston's airport Wednesday night as health officials around the world work to contain an outbreak of a new strain of a disease that's sickened hundreds and killed more than a dozen people in China.
1/23/20 11:41 AM
Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides plans to issue a letter of determination in the coming weeks to formally establish a policy of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, she told the News Service Thursday.
1/23/20 11:40 AM
Gov. Charlie Baker wants to arm the state's tax collection agency to go after retailers who might be short-changing the state of sales tax revenue through the use of technology that falsifies digital sales records.
1/23/20 10:48 AM
In an effort to reduce the cost of some generic prescription drugs, Blue Cross Blue Shield companies from around the country are partnering with a non-profit to help bring more affordable select generic drugs to market in uncompetitive markets.
1/22/20 5:22 PM
Over a six-month period, volunteers with a local Falmouth group counted every piece of litter they could find on the town's roadways and grouped the items into 23 different categories. Almost a third of the trash they found came from a single category: miniature bottles of alcohol, often referred to as "nips."
1/22/20 5:21 PM
After blaming ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft for clogging roads and operating with "little oversight" in a speech Tuesday night, Gov. Charlie Baker proposed in his annual budget to hike the per-ride fees on such services and to use much of the new funding to improve the safety and reliability of the MBTA.
1/24/20 5:22 PM
The state of the Commonwealth is ... stuck in traffic, emitting too many greenhouse gases on its way to a home that costs too much and is located too far from where it works. But other than that, Gov. Charlie Baker says Massachusetts is doing swell.
1/24/20 4:53 PM
Brian Rosa, a 13-year-old living in Allston with his parents and younger sister, said he lives in fear of losing his family. Sony Fernandez, an immigrant from Brazil living in Fall River, said she has witnessed the disruption deportation causes among immigrant communities in the state.
1/24/20 3:25 PM
The Baker administration is again proposing $200 million in annual local road repair funds, despite repeated calls from municipal officials for a larger allocation and a multi-year plan to help meet pressing infrastructure needs.
1/23/20 4:25 PM
The House's top Democrat on the Transportation Committee said Thursday he's ready to move on Gov. Charlie Baker's $18 billion borrowing bill to finance infrastructure improvements over the next five years, one of the major pillars of the governor's agenda for 2020.
1/23/20 4:14 PM
The Massachusetts Senate next week plans to take up a far-reaching package of climate bills whose major components include an electric MBTA bus fleet by 2040, carbon-pricing mechanisms for transportation, homes and commercial buildings, and a series of five-year greenhouse gas emissions reduction requirements that ramp up to net-zero emissions in 2050.
1/23/20 9:49 AM
A state senator who has advocated for education funding reform is pushing back against Gov. Charlie Baker's description of his fiscal 2021 budget proposal as "fully" funding the new school finance law.
1/23/20 9:07 AM
After interviewing 11 candidates, members of the UMass Boston Chancellor Search Committee plan to meet next week and could then select finalists for the post.
1/23/20 8:40 AM
Federal inaction has put pressure on Massachusetts and other states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Senate President Karen Spilka said Thursday, and a Senate bill due to be unveiled Thursday will amend the 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act to lay out the steps to get to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
1/22/20 6:15 PM
Gov. Charlie Baker's first state budget after the signing of an education funding reform law in November proposed to boost K-12 school aid by 6 percent, or more than $300 million.
1/22/20 5:27 PM
With the $44.6 billion fiscal 2021 budget his administration unveiled Wednesday, Gov. Charlie Baker said Massachusetts would be able to fully fund both the letter and spirit of the new education funding law, make sizeable investments in public transit and workforce training, and still stash more money away for an eventual economic downturn.
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