... Congresswoman Clark to join state lawmakers at gun control rally outside State House ...... Lynch, GOP colleagues tout bills to combat terrorist financing strategies ...... Conferees shaved $750 million in revenue from $39.5 billion budget bills ...... Sen. Barrett plans push to attach carbon pricing fee to Senate energy bill ...... House, Senate leaders reach fiscal 2017 budget deal, no details announced ...... Dempsey and Spilka expect House, Senate consideration of budget deal on Thursday ...... Transgender bill conferees meet Wednesday, Brownsberger expects deal within hours or a "few days" ...... House advances bill putting marijuana cultivation outside the definition of "agriculture" ...
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LATEST QUESTIONS RAISED ABOUT SUPPORT FOR OPIOID ABUSE PREVENTION AS BUDGET MOVES TO GOVERNOR

With just hours remaining in the current fiscal year, the state Senate on Thursday evening voted 38-1 to send a fiscal 2017 budget to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk. The $39.15 billion budget passed the House earlier in the day on a 150-3 vote. Read More

SENATE PASSES ENERGY BILL 39-0

[Developing] A bill aimed at diversifying the state's energy mix passed the Senate unanimously Thursday evening. Read More


STATE BUDGET ACCORD INCLUDES LONG-TERM LYME DISEASE COVERAGE

State budget writers included in the fiscal 2017 spending bill a measure requiring insurers to cover long-term antibiotic treatment of Lyme disease, a proposal popular among lawmakers and opposed by the business and insurance lobbies. Read More


REP RILES COLLEAGUES DURING BRIEF DEBATE ON $39.15 BIL BUDGET

Members of the House roared in approval Thursday afternoon as Speaker Robert DeLeo opened a roll call, ending what had been a roughly 45-minute debate on the $39.1 billion fiscal 2017 budget. Read More


MTF: BUDGET ACCORD'S BALANCING ACT SETS UP PRECARIOUS SITUATION

A report released Thursday as House and Senate members were quickly passing a budget accord reached on Wednesday raises questions about whether the $39.15 billion annual spending bill is balanced, as lawmakers say it is. Read More


SENATOR RETREATS FROM CARBON FEE PROPOSAL

Sen. Michael Barrett's push for a fee on carbon ended with a whimper in the Massachusetts Senate Thursday afternoon. Read More


CLARK TELLS RALLIERS THAT GUN VOTE IS SCHEDULED IN US HOUSE

While wrapping up a rally outside the State House that drew dozens of gun control advocates and elected leaders, Congresswoman Katherine Clark announced that there will be a vote next week on a controversial measure that would restrict those on a terror watch list from purchasing a gun. Read More

Congresswoman Katherine Clark hosted a rally outsi

Congresswoman Katherine Clark hosted a rally outside the State House Thursday where dozens of advocates and elected leaders called on Congress to take up a vote on gun control legislation . [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS] | Photo Gallery


BUDGET REPORT SHOWS RANGE OF SPENDING DECISIONS

State budget negotiators settled most often on the lower appropriations when contrasting the House and Senate's $39.5 billion spending proposals for fiscal 2017. But a report accompanying the conference committee's recommended budget (H 4450) shows the six-member team forced to come up with a budget after this month's news that revenue estimates to support spending were overly optimistic shows how negotiators used a free hand in recommending appropriations. Read More


PAROLE, HIGHER ED BILLS UP FOR VOTES IN SW&M

With the July 31 end of formal sessions drawing closer, bills are beginning to flow with more regularity from the House and Senate Ways and Means committees. Read More


BUDGET VOTE EXPECTED ON LAST DAY OF FY16

There will not likely be a champagne toast at the State House when the clock strikes midnight and the new fiscal year dawns, but lawmakers are aiming to celebrate the passage of an on-time budget by the end of the day Thursday. Read More


LAWMAKERS SETTLE ON LOWER APPROPRIATION FOR UMASS

As the University of Massachusetts prepares to make a decision on student tuition and fee levels based on the state budget, House and Senate lawmakers on Thursday were working to pass a new spending accord for fiscal 2017 that falls $25.5 million short of the university's funding request. Read More


SENATE FAVORS BAN ON RATEPAYERS SHOULDERING GAS PIPELINE COSTS

Utility companies would not be permitted to ask electric ratepayers to front the cost of building new natural gas pipelines in Massachusetts under an amendment unanimously added to the Senate's energy diversification bill Thursday. Read More


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MEEHAN SHUTTING DOWN CAMPAIGN ACCOUNT, STEERING $$$ TO EDUCATION

University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan, who is approaching his one-year anniversary in the job, announced Thursday that he would close the bulging campaign war chest that has sparked repeated rounds of speculation over the years about a return to politics. Read More


NEW WAITLIST NUMBERS QUICKLY STIR CHARTER SCHOOL DEBATE

There are 32,646 Massachusetts students are on waitlists for admission to charter schools, according to updated figures released Thursday by the Department for Elementary and Secondary Education. Read More


AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPLE REACHED ON VETERANS BILL

House and Senate leaders have reached an agreement in principle on veterans legislation, according to a spokesman for House Speaker Robert DeLeo, who said lawmakers are still working out details and timing issues. Read More


BUDGET INCLUDES COLLEGE SAVINGS MATCHING FUNDS PILOT

Every dollar up to $500 saved by low-income individuals or families for college would be matched with state funds under a pilot program baked into the $39.15 billion state budget moving Thursday through the House and Senate. Read More


VIDEO | MASS. HOUSE APPROVES $39.15 BILLION STATE BUDGET

Reacting to a fast-changing revenue picture late in their budgeting process, legislative leaders pared their state spending plan through a series of cuts and financial maneuvers to produce a $39.15 billion budget bill that will likely be dumped on Gov. Charlie Baker's desk just in time for some in the administration to spend their holiday weekend determine whether lawmakers went far enough. Read More

Gov. Charlie Baker addressed the FY17 budget agree

Gov. Charlie Baker addressed the FY17 budget agreement reached in conference following an event in his ceremonial office Thursday. [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS]


SIX SENATORS PUSHING CARBON FEE AMENDMENT TO ENERGY BILL

Describing the state's climate change policies as "failing," a state senator from Lexington and five of his colleagues on Thursday will press for passage of residential and employer carbon fees, which Sen. Michael Barrett believes are "the only game-changer still available." Read More


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

LAWMAKERS SLAP TOGETHER ON-TIME BUDGET WITH LIMITED NEW $$$

Responding to instability in the stock market that has shredded revenue estimates for next year, House and Senate leaders on Thursday will seek passage of a $39.15 billion budget accord for the fiscal year beginning Friday that slashes $750 million in projected revenue and $413 million in proposed spending from budget bills agreed to in April and May. Read More

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SENATE REJECTS FINGERPRINT PLAN IN RIDE-HAIL BILL

Senators debating how best to regulate the industry of app-based ride-hailing services opted by a 14-24 vote Wednesday not to mandate fingerprints for drivers. Read More


HOME ENERGY AUDIT REQUIREMENT STIRRING CONTROVERSY

After the Massachusetts Association of Realtors blasted components of the Senate's energy bill as potential detriments to the housing market, environmental activists responded by defending the value of the measures to consumers. Read More


CLARK TO LEAD GUN VIOLENCE RALLY OUTSIDE STATE HOUSE

Congresswoman Katherine Clark shared the national spotlight last week by organizing a sit-in to try to force action on gun legislation in Congress. On Thursday, Clark returns to the State House, where she served before Congress, to continue her fight. Read More


COUNCILORS: TOO MANY JUDICIAL NOMINEES COMING FROM PROSECUTORIAL RANKS

Members of the Governor's Council on Wednesday renewed their call for more balance in judicial selections, arguing that a disproportionate number of nominees in the last six years have been prosecutors. Members of the eight-member council raised the issue during a confirmation hearing for Michele Armour, a prosecutor in the Norfolk County district attorney's office whom Gov. Charlie Baker nominated for a district court judgeship. Read More


VIDEO | LAWMAKERS POISED TO VOTE ON MYSTERY BUDGET FEATURING SPENDING CUTS

House and Senate leaders struck a deal Wednesday on an annual budget bill expected to include spending cuts that were not anticipated in April and May when both branches debated their plans. Details about the accord reached by House and Senate negotiators were scarce early Wednesday afternoon as lawmakers not involved in the talks openly wondered about the outcome and even House Speaker Robert DeLeo said he couldn't provide the new bottom line. Read More

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WATCH:House Speaker Robert DeLeo discussed what he knew about a budget agreement announced Wednesday morning by House and Senate negotiators. [Video: Antonio Caban/SHNS] | Video


WALSH REACTS AS SECOND TOP AIDE FACES EXTORTION CHARGES

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh expressed concern Wednesday after the second top member of his administration was arrested on charges that he extorted a music festival, pressuring it to hire union workers. Read More

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh spoke to the media about

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh spoke to the media about the second indictment of a City Hall official Wednesday. [Photo: Andy Metzger/SHNS]


OFFICIALS: BAKER'S SIGNATURE ON BILL COULD LEAD TO CLEANER LAWRENCE

After about five years of waiting, Lawrence officials are hopeful that Gov. Charlie Baker will sign a bill to address illegal dumping in the city. Read More


REALTORS: ENERGY AUDIT LABELING WOULD "STICK IT" TO LOW-INCOME HOMEOWNERS

Arguing pieces of a Senate energy bill would be "extremely harmful" to the state's housing market and have a disproportionate impact on low-income homeowners, the Massachusetts Association of Realtors has announced its opposition to the legislation teed up for debate Thursday. Read More


SENATE PASSES RIDE-FOR-HIRE BILL FAVORED BY APP-BASED INDUSTRY

After scrapping a requirement for companies to enable tipping and roughly matching the House and governor's two-tiered approach toward background checks for drivers, the Senate on Wednesday passed a bill creating a regulatory structure for the novel app-based ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft. Read More


HOUSE PASSES BILL PLACING NEW RESTRICTIONS ON NON-COMPETE AGREEMENTS

Tackling an issue that is particularly sensitive in the state's high-tech sector, the Massachusetts House on Wednesday approved a bill that restricts the use of non-compete agreements -- clauses included in contracts to prevent employees from jumping ship and bringing their knowledge to competitors. Read More


DeLEO: BUDGET, JOBS BILL ON HOUSE HORIZON OVER NEXT NINE DAYS

Senate President Stanley Rosenberg cautioned his colleagues to bring sleeping bags to Beacon Hill on Thursday in case a planned energy bill debate runs long. Over in the House, no such warnings have been extended. Read More


SENATE PASSES RIDE-HAILING BILL 34-2

[Developing] After scrapping a requirement for companies to enable tipping and roughly matching the House and governor's two-tiered approach toward background checks for drivers, the Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to create a regulatory structure for the novel app-based ride-hailing services. Read More


BUDGET CONFEREES CHOP $413 MIL, COUNT ON INCOME TAX CUT CANCELLATION

House and Senate leaders on Thursday will seek passage of a $39.15 billion budget accord for the fiscal year that begins on Friday, crafting a compromise in the face of unstable economic conditions that cuts $750 million in projected revenue and $413 million in proposed spending from previous plans. Read More


SENATE FULLY BEHIND SAVINGS PROMOTION RAFFLE BILL

A bill encouraging more people to save money would make Massachusetts the sixteenth state to allow savings accounts that offer cash prizes via lottery, according to its sponsor. Read More


SENATORS MULLING RIDE-FOR-HIRE BILL SHARE SAFETY CONCERNS

[Story Developing] Senators debating a bill to regulate the app-based ride-for-hire industry expressed concerns Wednesday about whether the legislation would provide adequate protections for public safety, the struggling taxi industry, and the drivers themselves. Read More

While the Senate debated a bill to regulate the ri

While the Senate debated a bill to regulate the ride-for-hire industry, the Massachusetts Taxi Industry Network made its opinion on the matter clear on a van parked on Beacon Street in front of the State House. [Photo: Colin A. Young/SHNS] | Hi-Res


TRUMP DRAWS PROTESTERS DURING BOSTON FUNDRAISING SWING

Donald Trump's appearance at the Langham Hotel in Boston aims to bring in campaign dollars for his presidential campaign, though many elected Republican lawmakers may be more focused on business before the House and Senate on Wednesday. Read More

Congressman Michael Capuano and Boston City Counci

Congressman Michael Capuano and Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley attended a protest in Boston's Post Office Square Wednesday ahead of a fundraiser for presumed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. [Photo: Andy Metzger/SHNS]


HOUSE ADVANCES BILL ADDRESSING DISPUTE OVER MARIJUANA GROWING

Growing marijuana would no longer be deemed "agriculture" in Massachusetts, under a bill granted initial approval by the Massachusetts House. The bill (H 4326), which arose from a dispute over a farmer's land in the 2,820-person town of Plympton, excludes "the growing, cultivation, distribution or dispensation of marijuana" from the definitions of the terms agriculture, aquaculture, floriculture, and horticulture. Read More


OFFICIAL: STATE BUDGET ACCORD REACHED

[Story Developing] A deal has been reached between House and Senate negotiators on a fiscal 2017 budget plan that could allow both branches to approve the spending plan before the start of the new budget year on Friday, according to a senior House Ways and Means official. Read More


VIDEO | CONFEREE CONFIDENT OF TRANSGENDER BILL ACCORD IN "FEW HOURS OR FEW DAYS"

Closed-door negotiations began Wednesday morning on differing House and Senate bills providing public accommodations protections for transgender people, with lawmakers expressing a desire to reach an accord quickly. Read More

Six lawmakers charged with negotiating differing v

Six lawmakers charged with negotiating differing versions of a transgender public accommodations bill met for the first time Wednesday. [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS]


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

HOT DOGS AND PET BREEDERS GET ATTENTION OF SENATE ON ANIMAL-THEMED DAY

Every dog has its day, but the dogs on Tuesday had to share the spotlight with cats as the Massachusetts Senate approved three bills aimed at protecting canines and felines as well as a measure intended to boost recylcing and reduce solid waste headed to Bay State landfills. Read More


WINERY LICENSING DISPUTE APPEARS HEADED FOR RESOLUTION

Hoping to resolve an ongoing dispute between Nashoba Valley Winery and state alcohol regulators, Attorney General Maura Healey took steps Tuesday to ensure that Rich Pelletier can continue operating the farm as he has for the past 16 years without needing to try to speed a legislative fix through the House and Senate in the closing weeks of session. Read More


IN ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN, OFFICIALS URGE DRIVERS TURN THEIR PHONES OFF

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito was joined by law enforcement, highway safety advocates and a trauma surgeon Tuesday in Worcester as she launched the administration's summer roadway safety campaigns focused on teen driving, and distracted or impaired driving. Read More


DUKAKIS: CLOSING TAX "LOOPHOLES" COULD SEAL STATE BUDGET PATCHES

Former Gov. Michael Dukakis said Tuesday he wasn't surprised by the state's souring tax revenue picture, describing the state as "patching things together" in its budget in the past couple of years. The Brookline Democrat and Northeastern University professor suggested closing tax "loopholes" could solidify the state's revenues without damaging the business climate. Read More


COURT SAYS SLOTS PARLOR QUESTION PROPERLY CERTIFIED FOR 2016 BALLOT

A ballot question authorizing a slots parlor with up to 1,250 machines at the former Suffolk Downs horse racing track was properly certified for this November's ballot, according to the Supreme Judicial Court, which on Tuesday rejected the claims of plaintiffs who sought to have the question disqualified. Read More


MBTA SETTLES INJURY CLAIM FOR $1.375 MILLION

The MBTA's Fiscal and Management Control Board agreed on Monday to a legal settlement with someone who was hit by a bus, according to a T official. Read More


PROSECUTOR, POLICE CHIEF SEE MERIT IN NOVEL CRIMINAL JUSTICE APPROACH

A new approach that moves the justice system for some crimes out of the courtroom and into consensus building circles has the backing of a police chief and the top prosecutor in the state's most populous county, who hopes to write the program into state law books. Read More


ANIMAL ADOPTION AND SAFETY BILLS ON TAP FOR SENATE

Geared up for three days of debate this week, the Senate will begin Tuesday by considering three animal-related bills and the combined 15 amendments members have proposed to them. Read More


STUDY EXAMINES RACIAL MAKEUP OF STATE JUDICIARY

Massachusetts ranks eleventh in the nation on judicial diversity, according to a recent study examining the gender and racial demographic of state court judges across the country. Read More


LATIN SCHOOL LEADERSHIP PRESSER ANNOUNCED

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang on Tuesday plans to announce leadership appointments at Boston Latin School, including an interim head master. Chang will be joined at noon at Boston City Hall by Mayor Martin Walsh and Boston School Committee Chairperson Michael O'Neill. Read More


MASS. HOME SALE PRICES FLAT THIS YEAR, SALES UP MORE THAN 28 PERCENT

Year-to-date home sale prices in Massachusetts are flat through May, but spiked upwards in May. Read More


Former state Treasurer Robert Crane was honored Tuesday at a ceremony held to dedicate in his name a conference room where members of the state Lottery Commission meet. [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS]

VIDEO | POLS TURN OUT IN FORCE TO HONOR CRANE

More than a century of experience in top statewide elected positions assembled in the treasurer's office Tuesday to bestow honors on longtime Treasurer Robert Crane, credited with creating the State Lottery during his 26 years at the post. Read More


VIDEO | SENATE WEIGHS INDUSTRY, SAFETY CONCERNS OVER FINGERPRINTING PROPOSAL

A day before the Massachusetts Senate is set to debate its version of legislation that would regulate the ride-for-hire industry, taxi drivers converged on Beacon Hill to lobby senators on a series of amendments they said would strengthen passenger safety. Read More

Taxi drivers and  advocates gathered Tuesday ahead

Taxi drivers and advocates gathered Tuesday ahead of a scheduled debate in the Senate on ride-hailing legislation. | Hi-Res


GROUPS FEAR SENATE BUDGET RIDER WILL LOCK IN MEDICAL MARIJUANA FEES

An attempt to make it easier for veterans to access medical marijuana could actually cement a registration process that imposes roadblocks for other patients, according to advocates. Last month, the Senate tacked on to its fiscal 2017 budget a medical marijuana registration fee waiver for veterans who qualify as patients under the state's dispensary program. Read More

Medical marijuana advocates and patients on Monday

Medical marijuana advocates and patients on Monday discussed their opposition to a Senate budget amendment that would waive medical marijuana registration fees for veterans. [Photo: Katie Lannan/SHNS


DISABILITY ADVOCATES BLAST PROPOSED PERSONAL CARE REGULATIONS

As the Baker administration gets ready to implement new overtime regulations on personal care services next month, disability advocates are slamming the changes as “extremely scary” for those who often require more than full-time assistance with daily living activities. Read More

Charlie Carr, legislative liaison for the Disabili

Charlie Carr, legislative liaison for the Disability Policy Consortium, testified Monday at a hearing regarding new overtime rules for the state's Personal Care Attendant (PCA) program. [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS]


Monday, June 27, 2016

BAKER WANTS SERIOUS LOOK AT SOUTH COAST RAIL ROUTE ALTERNATIVE

While Gov. Charlie Baker found some reasons to favor an alternative route for commuter rail service to New Bedford and Fall River, members of the MBTA's Fiscal and Management Control Board opted Monday to wait for more information on how to address the slow-moving transportation project. Read More

The arrows on this map show an alternative route p

The arrows on this map show an alternative route proposed for South Coast Rail service. [Courtesty: MassDOT] | Hi-Res


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BAKER: BRIDGEWATER STATE HOSPITAL RECOMMENDATIONS DUE BY YEAR'S END

Gov. Charlie Baker said his administration has begun discussing the future of Bridgewater State Hospital and expects to issue recommendations by the end of the year on what should happen at the facility, whose treatment, security and protocols were criticized Monday in a report examining a patient's suicide. Read More


MBTA UNION OFFERS PLAN TO SAVE $24 MILLION

A major labor group representing MBTA workers proposed a plan on Monday that it said would net $24 million in savings over four years for the transportation authority as it seeks to eliminate its $80 million structural deficit in fiscal 2018. Read More


GOLDBERG SAYS SHE'D NEED UNTIL 2019 TO IMPLEMENT MARIJUANA LAW

If Massachusetts voters in November approve a ballot law legalizing marijuana for general adult usage, the law's implementation date should be pushed back a year until 2019, according to the state official charged with implementation under the initiative petition. Read More


MBTA SCRAMBLING TO LOAD HIGHER FARES

Facing a Friday deadline, the MBTA and its software vendor are scrambling to load new fares into fare gates, vending machines and systems on buses and trolleys. "We had some challenges last week in terms of replicating in the field what we're doing in the test lab in Burlington. Something we're working through real-time," MBTA Chief Administrator Brian Shortsleeve told the News Service. Read More


SENATE TO CONGRESS: COPY MASS. GUN LAWS

As Congress continues to fight over gun control measures in the wake of the country's deadliest mass shooting, the Massachusetts Senate on Monday called on federal lawmakers to consider imposing the Bay State's gun laws upon the entire country. Read More


VIDEO | ROSENBERG: TAX REVENUE SHORTFALL MAY BE LARGER THAN DISCLOSED

Revised revenue projections that have forced the Baker administration and legislative leaders to reconsider spending priorities in the weeks before the start of the new budget year may not be pessimistic enough, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said on Monday. Read More

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Senate President Stanley Rosenberg [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS] | Video


WARREN ENERGIZES CLINTON CROWD IN CINCINNATI

Sen. Elizabeth Warren campaigned with presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on Monday in Cincinnati, touting her potential running mate as a fighter and describing the presumptive Republican presidential nominee as a "nasty man who will never become president of the United States." Read More


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WALSH, BRIGHAM TO MEET AS NURSES STRIKE IS AVERTED

Having averted what would have been the largest nurses strike in Massachusetts history and the first nurses strike in Boston in more than 20 years, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh plans to hold a press conference midday Monday with officials from Brigham and Women's Hospital. Read More


BAKER: ABCC DECISION SENDS "BAD MESSAGE" TO SMALL BUSINESS

Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday he's prepared to support legislation or legal action to ensure that Nashoba Valley Winery can continue to pour its homemade wines, beers and spirits at both the Bolton winery and restaurant. In coming to the defense of the local farm business, Baker is taking a somewhat unusual step of intervening on behalf of a single business owner contesting an administrative decision by alcohol license regulators. Read More


SENATE-BACKED PAY EQUITY BILL STILL IN THE MIX FOR HOUSE

Gender pay equity legislation, highlighted by leaders in both branches as a priority this session, remains on the House's to-do list as the end of formal sessions approaches in about a month, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said Monday. Read More


POPULAR GUN MEASURE APPEARS DEAD ON BEACON HILL

The bill that would allow the state to deny a gun license to anyone on the federal government's terrorist watch or no-fly lists has had a rollercoaster ride through the Legislature since Rep. Lori Ehrlich filed it in December, but that ride now appears to be over. Read More


MBTA, UNION FACE PENSION FUND DIFFICULTIES

Already struggling to close a structural budget deficit and improve service, the MBTA on Monday turned its attention to the drain retirees are putting on the T's pension fund. Read More


VIDEO | LATEST ESTIMATE CANCELS BULK OF NEW STATE BUDGET REVENUES

The apparently worsening tax revenue shortfall facing state budget writers just days before the start of the new fiscal year will be adjusted on Monday by the Baker administration to $650 million to $950 million, in part because of the economic uncertainty caused by Great Britain's vote to withdraw from the European Union. Read More

Gov. Baker told reporters Monday that the new rang

Gov. Baker told reporters Monday that the new range reflects some of the market turmoil in the wake of last week's Brexit vote. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Video


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HINGHAM REP STEPPING DOWN TO FOCUS ON LAW PRACTICE

Second Assistant House Majority Leader Rep. Garrett Bradley, a senior member of House Speaker Robert DeLeo's leadership team, will resign from the Legislature at the end of July to take a "more senior role" at his Boston law firm, the Hingham Democrat confirmed Monday afternoon. Read More


SENATE FAST-TRACKS BILLS AFFECTING ADJUSTERS, APPRAISERS

About an hour after the bills emerged from committee Monday morning, the Senate moved swiftly to pass legislation requiring private insurance adjusters become licensed and prohibiting anyone without the proper license or certificate from appraising real estate. Read More


CENTER SEEKS RECEIVERSHIP, TRANSFER OF STATE HOSPITAL IN BRIDGEWATER TO DMH

After an investigation into a Bridgewater State Hospital patient's suicide, the Disability Law Center is calling for the facility to be placed into receivership and for state officials to develop a long-term plan that would transfer control of the hospital to the Department of Mental Health from the Department of Correction. Read More


POLS REMEMBER DAVID MARTIN AS QUIET FORCE IN DEMOCRATIC POLITICS

Often the unseen hand behind politicians seeking to keep their campaigns on track and above board, David Martin passed away Saturday after a battle with cancer. He was 52. Martin, a Colorado native who along with his wife Gemma Martin founded the consulting firm Chick Montana Group, carved a niche for himself in Massachusetts Democratic politics by helping elected officials navigate the state's myriad campaign finance rules. Read More


SOUTH COAST RAIL $$$ ESTIMATE SOARS, OFFICIALS EYE ALTERNATIVE ROUTE

The cost and timeframe of the South Coast Rail project have dramatically increased, state transportation officials said Monday, assigning the project a $3.4 billion price-tag and saying they expect service to begin in 2028 or 2029. In 2012, officials predicted the project would cost $2.23 billion and estimated its start date as 2022, with MBTA General Manager Frank DePaola saying every month of delay added $4.1 million to the cost. Read More


INTERIM BUDGET SIGNED TO KEEP STATE $$$ FLOWING

Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday morning signed a budget bill to keep state government functioning when the new fiscal year starts later this week, his office said. Read More


INSURER TIES DRUG PAYMENTS TO PATIENT OUTCOMES

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care on Monday announced deals with pharmaceutical companies that will allow the insurer to pay for drugs based on patient outcomes. Read More


MEDICAL MARIJUANA ADVOCATES TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST FEE WAIVER FOR VETS

Medical marijuana patients and advocates plan to hold a press conference outside the State House on Monday afternoon to discuss their opposition to a Senate budget amendment that would waive medical marijuana registration fees for veterans. Read More


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