... Baker plans to take corrective budget actions if his MassHealth plan isn't passed by Sept. 14 ...... MTF: Baker vetoed nine outside sections, amended 25 out of 150 total budget sections ...... Seventeen of returned budget sections deal with employer assessments or unemployment insurance rates ...... Baker vetoed $320 mil in 169 line items, with $202 million in vetoes associated with MassHealth reforms ...... Legislative earmarks worth $42 million are carved out of budget by Baker vetoes ...... Baker: Legislature's budget underfunds accounts, overestimates revenues by about $100 million ...... Senate preparing property tax relief bill, but Rosenberg says "I don't know what's in there" ...... Property tax bill will help elderly, disabled, veterans, Rosenberg tells Herald Radio ...... Bill changing legal marijuana law likely to reach Gov. Baker's desk on Thursday ...... Goldberg says she has "no idea" about retail pot sales timeline, but leaders say July 2018 doable ...... Rep. Brian Dempsey of Haverhill says goodbye to colleagues during Wednesday session ...... Small biz cybersecurity risks examined by House technology panel ...... Baker expresses urgency on MassHealth reforms, DeLeo says he's weighing course of action ...... Kafker confirmation means five of seven Supreme Judicial Court judges will be Baker appointees ...... ...... ...
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LATEST VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE STRUCK DOWN BY JUDGE

A Superior Court judge, in a ruling bound for appeal, found on Monday that the state's voter registration deadline is unconstitutional. Read More

SOME SENATORS LOOKING TO EXPAND SCOPE OF PROP TAX BILL

Senators have filed more than two dozen amendments to the property tax bill expected to be debated Thursday in the Senate. Read More


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REPS WILL FILE BILL TO COUNTER SJC IMMIGRATION RULING

After the state's highest court ruled there is no authority for officials to hold immigrants solely at the request of federal authorities, three Republican House members are working to gather momentum behind legalizing those types of detentions. Read More


BUS MAINTENANCE PRIVATIZATION MAY BE NEXT CHAPTER IN MBTA REFORM

The MBTA has begun soliciting bids from private companies to provide maintenance of T buses at a third of the MBTA's bus maintenance facilities, the latest salvo in what has now been a two-year skirmish over privatization at the transit agency. Read More

MBTA bus maintenance workers rallied last week as

MBTA bus maintenance workers rallied last week as they launched an anti-privatization campaign. [Photo: File/Colin Young/SHNS]


NO BUDGET INCREASE FOR STATE ETHICS COMMISSION

The State Ethics Commission's annual budget isn't being cut or increased, a status its executive director said reflects a statewide "climate of austerity." Read More


STATE GRANT SEEN AS PIVOTAL FOR WINTHROP BUSINESS DISTRICT

With his health care reforms pending before the House and just prior to embarking on an out of state trip, Gov. Charlie Baker traveled on Friday to Winthrop where he announced a $2.38 million state grant to make water, sewer, roadway, sidewalk and streetscape improvements in the community's business district. Read More


BOSTON SCHOOLS SELECTED FOR SOCIAL LEARNING INITIATIVE

About 15,000 Boston Public Schools children in kindergarten through fifth grade will receive social and emotional learning services, part of "groundbreaking work" that supporters say can lead to positive results in the classroom and outside of school. Read More


SLOW GROWTH, TIGHT BUDGETS LIKELY TO CONTINUE, S&P PREDICTS

The rate of job creation will likely slow and budget problems could trickle down from the state to the local level as the plodding economic recovery from the recession that began nearly a decade ago persists through 2018, S&P Global Ratings said in a new forecast. Read More


MASS. MUST ACT TO SEIZE CLEAN ENERGY MANTLE, FRESHMAN REP SAYS

A first-term representative is asking his colleagues to act swiftly on his clean energy legislation, saying passing it this year could help position the state as an industry leader and alleviate lawmakers' concerns about potential political consequences. Read More


DiDOMENICO

SENATOR: VETO MEANS KIDS COULD DIE ON WAITLIST FOR SERVICES

An attempt to end a waiting list for palliative care services for children may have been stymied by Gov. Charlie Baker's veto pen, according to a lawmaker who backed the effort. Read More


BAKER

BAKER SEEKING TRUMP ADMIN APPROVAL FOR FLEXIBILITY FROM ACA

As it simultaneoulsy pursues Medicaid reform proposals in the state Legislature, the Baker administration has taken the first steps toward seeking approval of health care policy changes from the Trump administration. Read More


McMAHON [Courtesy]

GOP ATTORNEY FROM BOURNE POISED TO LAUNCH AG CAMPAIGN

While some Democrats continue to watch Attorney General Maura Healey for signs that she'll change her mind about running for governor, Healey has drawn her first challenger for re-election in 2018. Read More


HIGH COURT RULES DETENTIONS FOR ICE NOT SUPPORTED BY LAW

State law does not permit officials to detain immigrants solely at the request of federal immigration officials, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled Monday, putting up a legal barrier to a long-running component of immigration enforcement. In the case of Commonwealth v. Sreynuon Lunn, the court concluded that "nothing in the statutes or common law of Massachusetts authorizes court officers to make a civil arrest in these circumstances." Read More

The SJC's ruling Monday in Commonwealth v. Lunn co

The SJC's ruling Monday in Commonwealth v. Lunn could stir the churning immigration debate playing out in Congress and at federal courthouses. [Photo: File/Sam Doran/SHNS]


Friday, July 21, 2017

WEEKLY ROUNDUP - SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED

A budget, a pot bill and a shuffle of House leadership. Teary goodbyes, promotions and a two-letter abbreviation not suitable for senators' ears. Take a deep breath, it's finally Friday. Read More

<strong>ONWARD:</strong> "It's moving day," former

ONWARD: "It's moving day," former Rep. Brian Dempsey chuckled on Thursday as he and his former staff lugged boxes out of the House Ways and Means office. Dempsey is bound for a top post at lobbying firm ML Strategies. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res


THREE LAWMAKERS KENTUCKY-BOUND FOR LEADERSHIP SESSIONS

Two state representatives and one state senator have been selected for a leadership development fellowship organized by the Council on State Governments and described as an "intensive, six-day, five-night intellectual boot camp." Read More


BAKER

ISLAND FUNDRAISERS, RGA MEETINGS IN COLORADO ON BAKER'S AGENDA

Gov. Charlie Baker will travel to Colorado on Sunday for several days of meetings with his fellow Republican governors, but first plans a pair of summer fundraisers on Massachusetts' two picturesque islands off Cape Cod. Read More


ADVANCES - WEEK OF JULY 23, 2017

After opposing a legal marijuana ballot question for much of 2016, Gov. Charlie Baker is now all that stands in the way of the industry's full-scale retail launch in Massachusetts in 2018. Read More


STATE FINISHES PREVIOUS FISCAL YEAR SHORT $431M IN TAXES

Massachusetts ended a tumultuous budget year in 2017 with a revenue gap of $431 million, squarely within the ballpark that Gov. Charlie Baker said would be reasonably manageable as his administration attempts to balance the books on last year's budget. Read More


LAWMAKERS PLAN HEARING TUESDAY ON BAKER HEALTH CARE BILL

Lawmakers have scheduled a public hearing for Tuesday on Gov. Charlie Baker's health care reform proposal. Read More


NORTHAMPTON HOSPITAL WORKERS JOIN UNION

Service workers at Northampton's Cooley Dickinson Hospital will join the a health care workers union after a secret-ballot election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board. Read More


FINAL TALLY SHOWS TAX REVENUES GREW 1.4 PERCENT IN FY 17

[Story Developing] State tax collections for the fiscal year that ended June 30 rose only 1.4 percent from fiscal 2016, but were up 3.1 percent in June compared to June 2016, the Department of Revenue reported on Friday. Read More


HEALEY

HEALEY: DPU SHOULD ORDER EVERSOURCE RATE REDUCTION

Attorney General Maura Healey on Friday plans to ask state regulators to not only reject Eversource's request to boost its electric rates by $96 million but to also order that the utility decrease the rates it charges customers. Read More


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