... Baker proposes 3.5 percent increase in unrestricted local aid ...... Governor says he's "not sure" whether his budget will increase charter school reimbursements, special education funding ...... "It's not that hard for us to keep track of this number" - Gov. Baker on students from Puerto Rico in Mass. schools ...... District court nominee Power dubious about field sobriety tests ...... Saturday deadline spurs OCPF to give candidates until Jan. 22 to file year-end reports ...... Sen. Warren urges more funding for Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to fight harassment, discrimination ...... Third Congressional District candidate Beej Das reports $425,000 in donations during Q4 ...... Kevin Franck elevated by Setti Warren's guv campaign to deputy campaign manager ...... Doctors tell lawmakers they like guv's plan to make naloxone more widely available ...
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LATEST BAKER PREVIEWS STATE OF THE COMMONWEALTH THEMES

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. Read More

STATE POLICE INVESTIGATING PAY FOR UNWORKED PATROL SHIFTS

The State Police is investigating evidence that troopers within a unit assigned to patrol the Massachusetts Turnpike to reduce injuries stemming from accidents were getting paid for shifts they did not work. Read More


MBTA HOPES TO LEARN FROM PAST IN SEARCH FOR NEW RIDE DISPATCH

The MBTA has started searching for a new company to dispatch paratransit rides because the ongoing arrangement has soured. Read More


VIDEO | CHANDLER: ETHICS COMMITTEE HAS NOT USED SUBPOENA POWER

Acting Senate President Harriette Chandler expressed confidence Monday in the integrity of an ongoing sexual harassment investigation in the Senate, in the wake of reports that confidentiality concerns may keep some victims from coming forward. Read More

Acting Senate President Harriette Chandler talked

Acting Senate President Harriette Chandler talked to reporters outside her office Monday afternoon. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Video


BLUE

LAST PATRICK HOLDOVER DEPARTING MASSDOT BOARD

Gov. Charlie Baker will have a vacancy to fill on the board that oversees highways and transportation infrastructure. Read More


WALSH

WALSH DROPS BOSTON ORDINANCE INTO SHORT-TERM RENTAL DEBATE

Beacon Hill leaders have been unable to find common ground on a short-term housing rental regulation bill and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, apparently unwilling to wait for a new law, is laying out his own rules to govern an industry that's competing with hotels and affecting the city's supply of long-term housing. Read More


HOUSE SESSION – MONDAY, JAN. 22, 2018

Much of what the House did Monday morning was meant to prepare for two events planned for later this week: Gov. Charlie Baker's annual State of the Commonwealth address on Tuesday evening and the House's planned formal session on Wednesday, during which a vote is expected on a $1.7 billion housing bond bill. The House on Monday adopted an amendment from the Ways and Means Committee and then gave initial approval to H 4134 financing the production and preservation of housing for low and moderate income residents. The House also adopted an order setting out special procedures for Wednesday's further consideration of the housing bond bill, including a requirement that members file their amendments by 1 p.m. on Tuesday. The House on Monday also dealt with local issues in Norwood, Quincy, Weston, Chicopee, Southwick and Sheffield. Read More


WOOD'S HOLE FISHERIES MEETINGS CANCELED DUE TO SHUTDOWN

The federal government shutdown has wiped out meetings scheduled this week in Woods Hole to discuss fisheries management. Read More


BAKER URGED TO OFFER SMALL BIZ $$$ RELIEF

[Developing] Small business owners are appealing to Gov. Charlie Baker for relief from rising labor costs, urging him to tackle spending side pressures on employers when he delivers his State of the State address Tuesday evening. Read More


GUV HOPEFUL WARREN CALLS ON LEGIS TO BLOCK GIC CHANGES

Democrat Setti Warren called on the Legislature Monday to reverse a vote taken last week by the Group Insurance Commission to reduce the number of health plans offered to state workers and retirees, calling the decision a "travesty" that amounted to a "band-aid on the problem" of rising health care costs. Read More


STATE WILL START ISSUING REAL ID-COMPLIANT LICENSES IN MARCH

The state Registry of Motor Vehicles will begin issuing drivers' licenses and state IDs that comply with a 2005 federal security law on Monday, March 26, Registrar Erin Deveney said Monday. Read More


ISP REGULATION FEATURED IN STATE NET NEUTRALITY BILL

Representatives from Cambridge and Haverhill are trying to round up support for a bill aimed at countering the federal government's recent "net neutrality" decision by requiring internet service providers to provide customers with access to any lawful internet content of their choice. Read More


NOMINATION PAPERS AVAILABLE STARTING ON FRIDAY

The 2018 election cycle officially kicks off at noon Friday, when nomination papers for this year's state primaries and general election will be available. Read More


MASS. HOUSE ADVANCES $1.7 BILLION HOUSING BILL

The Massachusetts House cleared the way Monday morning for the $1.7 billion housing bonding bill that's slated to be brought to the floor Wednesday, giving it initial approval after moving it without objection from the Ways and Means Committee. Read More

The House is expected to discuss the housing bond

The House is expected to discuss the housing bond bill in a caucus on Tuesday afternoon. [Photo: File/SHNS]


FED TAX CHANGE ALTERS STATE TREATMENT OF ALIMONY INCOME, DEDUCTIONS

Massachusetts is one of 20 states whose tax code does not automatically update with changes to the federal code, but as state policymakers comb through the new federal tax law there are exceptions that could require administrative or legislative fixes. Read More


SENATE SESSION - MONDAY, JAN. 22, 2018

The Senate advanced several local bills Monday and formally prepared for Gov. Charlie Baker's State of the State address by ordering a joint session for Tuesday night. Members also adopted a joint resolution sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Jason Lewis asking the Department of Public Health to endorse the Screen at 23 campaign, which seeks to "get every Asian American patient with a body mass index of 23 or higher screened for diabetes." A bill enacted in both branches Monday allows the town of Canton to regulate the use of Reservoir Pond. Other bills taken up affect Milford, Beverly, and Norwood. Read More


UNION: ACCORD MEANS 5,000 AT STEWARD WILL MAKE AT LEAST $15 PER HOUR

Clerical, technical and service workers in Ayer, Haverhill and Methuen, including some who currently earn $11 an hour, are newly on track to see their wages raised to $15 an hour. Read More


MBTA REVISITING LATE-NIGHT SERVICE, SEEKS BIDS FOR BUS PILOT

Nearly two years after canceling its special late-night weekend bus and train service, the MBTA is asking for proposals to run bus service daily from 1 a.m. to 4:15 a.m. from Mattapan to Chelsea starting in July. Read More


Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

ADVANCES - WEEK OF JAN. 21, 2018

After tipping his hand Friday on local aid increases, Gov. Charlie Baker delivers his annual State of the State address Tuesday evening and on Wednesday fully unveils his fiscal 2019 state budget proposal. Read More


VIDEO | BAKER: HEALTH PLAN RESTRUCTURING ADDRESSED "BIG MESSAGE" FROM EMPLOYEES

The public employee health insurance plan restructuring approved Thursday by a state commission was designed to ensure that "nobody" would lose access to their health care providers and to prevent employees from seeing continued unaffordable premium and out-of-pocket spending increases, Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday, urging state officials to communicate that message with disgruntled unions. Read More


STATE MANAGERS ASKED TO PREPARE FOR FED GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

Hours before a deadline that could lead to a federal government shutdown, Gov. Charlie Baker suggested Massachusetts would continue running smoothly if the feds do close down operations, although state officials are internally cautioning about "potential challenges." Read More


VIDEO | IN BUDGET TEASE, BAKER DETAILS LOCAL AID INCREASES

The annual budget proposal Gov. Charlie Baker plans to file next week will call for a general local aid increase of $37.2 million over this year, and an almost $119 million hike in education aid to cities and towns. Read More

Gov. Charlie Baker's proposed increase in educatio

Gov. Charlie Baker's proposed increase in education money includes $15 million for school districts that have seen an influx of students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands after last year's hurricanes. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res


WEEKLY ROUNDUP – TREATMENT AND ADDICTION

A little shallow digging into the memory banks, and Beacon Hill insiders will remember a time when not talking with the U.S. Attorney was a good thing. Read More

State cannabis regulators played phone tag for aro

State cannabis regulators played phone tag for around a week with the U.S. Attorney's office, hoping to meet amid questions of federal enforcement that could chill development of the Massachusetts marijuana market. [Photo: Sam Doran/File/SHNS] | Hi-Res


T AND MECHANICS UNION REACH TENTATIVE AGREEMENT

After a Bitter months long fight, the MBTA and the union that represents many of the mechanics who maintain the agency's buses have tentatively agreed to the terms of a new multi-year collective bargaining contract. Read More


KERRIGAN

KERRIGAN SHOWING SUPPORT IN WORCESTER COUNTY FOR CD3

Two current state representatives and one former House lawmaker from Worcester County are joining with 19 other local elected officials to endorse Steve Kerrigan for Congress on Friday, highlighting the role geography could play in a crowded Democratic primary field for the Third Congressional District seat. Read More


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