... Altman: GOP tendency to defer to states could work in state's favor on health care policy ...... "There's a big fog," Rep. Sanchez says when asked about talks concerning possible ACA repeal ...... Altman: Massachusetts passed its health care reform without the ACA, waiver "not easily overturned" ...... Three dozen arrested at Cambridge wage protest, including Sen. Jamie Eldridge ...... Solect Energy expanding into Connecticut ...... Massachusetts Investor Conference set for Dec. 7 at BCEC ...... Guv says he would not serve in Trump administration if offered a job ...... Baker: Israel trip intended to further connect state and Israeli digital health, cybersecurity experts ...... Baker: admin working to improve turnaround times for people interacting with government ...... Guv says Keolis has a long way to go, but they know it ...... Baker plans meetings next week with MBTA, DCR on winter resiliency plans ...... Baker: talks about "bigtime expansion" on T need to wait until after core system fixes ...... House approves duck boat safety bill ...... Gas prices down 2 cents, averaging $2.06 in latest weekly AAA survey ...... Baker: investing in core MBTA system has been administration's "big focus" ...... Grossman says he would support Newton Mayor Warren if he runs for guv ...... ...
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TOPVIDEO | BAKER SLASHES SPENDING, LEGISLATIVE LEADERS SAY CUTS PREMATURE

Lurching from one budget problem to another, Gov. Charlie Baker acted Tuesday to cut $98 million from the $39.25 billion state budget in an effort to match up sluggish state revenues with likely spending, including accounts he says the Legislature underfunded. Read More

LATEST UMASS TRUSTEES BOARD INFUSED WITH NEW FACES

The UMass Board of Trustees got a makeover on Tuesday when Gov. Charlie Baker swore in five new members to replace several trustees closely allied with former Gov. Deval Patrick and elevated Robert Manning, a financial investor and alumnus, to the chairmanship. Read More

WALSH USES NEW LAW TO GIVE BOSTON HOMEOWNERS A BREAK

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh on Tuesday proposed an increase in the city's residential property tax exemption, taking quick advantage of a law signed by the governor at the end of last week to save some city residents close to $300 a year. Read More


PENSION FUND MANAGER'S BONUS JUST SHY OF $160,000

Taking home a six-figure bonus on top of a $35,000 pay hike, the state's pension fund manager on Tuesday credited the fund's roughly three months of parental leave with helping keep his highly sought staff at the fund. Read More


KEOLIS GM SEES CHALLENGES, OPPORTUNITIES AHEAD FOR RAIL SERVICE

The MBTA's fleet of commuter rail locomotives, including 40 new cars, poses "challenges" for the vendor tasked with operating the 388-mile system that has an annual ridership of 35 million and ongoing reliability problems. Read More


A FRESH COAT FOR STATE HOUSE AUDITORIUM

Workers on Tuesday touched up the light-blue walls of the State House's largest meeting space and future temporary home of the Massachusetts Senate, as the Gardner Auditorium overhaul continued. Read More


TRUMP TEAM TOUTS CABINET-MAKING SPEED

Defense Secretary pick General James Mattis will join President-elect Donald Trump on stage in North Carolina on Tuesday night following another day of transition meetings in New York City. Read More


STATE PENSION FUND DIRECTOR'S PAY BUMPED TO $430,000

The state's top in-house pension fund manager received another salary increase Tuesday, his annual pay elevated to $430,000. Michael Trotsky is executive director and chief investment officer of the Pension Reserves Investment Management (PRIM). Tuesday's PRIM Board vote increased his salary from $395,000, which it had reached about a year ago, according to the meeting agenda. Read More


MEDICAL SOCIETY SEEKS SAFEGUARDS ON LEGAL POT

Now that voters have approved general adult use of marijuana, the Massachusetts Medical Society has shifted its focus from opposing legal pot to pressing for public health safeguards in the regulation of marijuana. Read More


GUV'S COUNCIL TO CERTIFY CONGRESSIONAL VOTES WEDNESDAY

The Governor's Council on Wednesday plans to certify the votes cast for members of Congress in this year's election. Read More


FORECLOSURES UP NEARLY 50 PERCENT THROUGH OCTOBER

The nearly 10,000 foreclosure petitions filed over the first ten months of the year mark a 9.3 percent increase over the same period in 2015 and the more than 5,000 completed foreclosures year-to-date represent a more than 48 percent increase over 2015 numbers. Read More


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JUDGE DENIES HEALEY BID TO AVOID DEPOSITION IN TEXAS

A federal judge issued a decision Monday standing by his order for Attorney General Maura Healey to appear in a Texas court next week in connection with her investigation of ExxonMobil. U.S. District Court Judge Ed Kinkeade denied Healey's motion asking him to reconsider a Nov. 17 order that she appear in Dallas to give a deposition. Read More


UMASS LAW GETS FULL ACCREDITATION

The University of Massachusetts Law School has received full accreditation from the American Bar Association, according to a UMass official, marking a milestone for the six-year-old public law school as it looks to boost its standing in the field and financial footing. UMass President Martin Meehan plans to visit the law school in Dartmouth Tuesday for a 3:30 p.m. media availability to discuss the latest development. Read More


MASS. BUSINESS CONFIDENCE HITS HIGHEST LEVEL IN MORE THAN A YEAR

Buoyed by rallying financial markets, the lowest state unemployment rate in more than 15 years and the election of Donald Trump, employer confidence in Massachusetts rose to its highest point in more than a year, Associated Industries of Massachusetts said Tuesday. AIM's Business Confidence Index rose 1.9 points to 58.1 in November, the third straight month of improved confidence and 1.2 points higher than a year ago. Read More


UMASS LAW GETS FULL ACCREDITATION

The University of Massachusetts Law School has received full accreditation from the American Bar Association, according to a UMass official. Read More


BLACK FAITH GROUP LEADS DIALOGUE ON ELECTING BOSTON'S MAYOR

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will stand for re-election next year, and a new faith-based group representing the city's black community wants to start the conversation now about what the city needs from its mayor. Read More


WILMER HALE ATTORNEY NAMED FIRST ASSISTANT AG

Attorney General Maura Healey tapped a lawyer from her former law firm to fill the top post in her office. Read More


AUTOMATIC VOTER REGISTRATION EYED FOR MASSACHUSETTS

With early voting successfully implemented in Massachusetts, one of the state's leading election law reform advocacy groups plans to make automatic voter registration its next target. Read More

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BOSTON'S TRAFFIC FATALITY REDUCTION PLAN NEEDS MORE $$$, COALITION SAYS

The City of Boston's 2015 plan to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious crashes by 2030 requires more funding and a more focused effort to redesign "hot spots," or areas where there have been a high number of crashes, according to a forthcoming report. Read More


Monday, Dec. 5, 2016

SCHOOL TRUMP WALK-OUT TAKES STUDENTS TO THRESHOLD OF BAKER'S OFFICE

Denouncing positions held by President-elect Donald Trump, Boston public school students on Monday called on Gov. Charlie Baker to do the same and to adopt policies they said would protect their peers and families. Read More

Boston students protested President-Elect Donald T

Boston students protested President-Elect Donald Trump outside and inside the State House on Monday. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Photo Gallery


MARIJUANA LAW DELAYS EYED BY LEGISLATIVE LEADERS

House and Senate leaders will make a decision in the coming weeks whether to push for a delay this month in key pieces of the marijuana legalization law without waiting for the next Legislature to come into session in January. Read More


LOTS OF CHANGE, BUT EXPERTS SEE ONE CONSISTENCY: SLOW REVENUE GROWTH

Like mechanics puzzled by a car that runs just fine but struggles to get up to speed on the highway, budget writers got under the hood of the state budget Monday morning, trying to discern what they need to do to ensure their spending plans stay on the road in fiscal 2018. Read More

State budget writers convened Monday for a hearing

State budget writers convened Monday for a hearing with economic experts as part of a first step in determining how much revenue Massachusetts can expect work with in crafting the fiscal 2018 budget next year.[Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS] | Hi-Res


BAKER BUDGET CHIEF MUM AFTER REVENUE HEARING

After hearing experts predict continued sluggish growth in state tax revenues, the Baker administration's budget chief said she is still making up her mind about possible fixes to the state's budget in the current fiscal year. Read More

"Next step is just to review the testimony we hear

"Next step is just to review the testimony we heard, analyze it and follow up with questions," Secretary of Administration and Finance Kristen Lepore told the News Service after a revenue hearing Monday. [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS] | Hi-Res


GAS PIPELINE CONSTRAINTS CREATE WINTER CHALLENGES

Close to one quarter of New England's natural gas-fired electricity generation could be at risk this winter because of pipeline constraints, according to the regional grid operator. Read More


DOR SEES FISCAL 2018 REVENUES GROWING 3.5 PERCENT

[Coverage Developing] The state's Department of Revenue on Monday gave an uncertain forecast of state tax revenues in fiscal year 2018, telling state budget writers that the outlook for next fiscal year is "perhaps even more uncertain than would normally be the case" due to economic and political unknowns around the country and the world. Read More

Department of Revenue Commissioner Michael Heffern

Department of Revenue Commissioner Michael Heffernan was part of the first panel of speakers at Monday's joint Ways and Means Committee hearing. [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS] | Hi-Res


VIDEO | MARIJUANA LAW DELAYS EYED BY LEGISLATIVE LEADERS

House and Senate leaders will make a decision in the coming weeks whether to push for a delay this month in key pieces of the marijuana legalization law without waiting for the next Legislature to come into session in January. Read More


VIDEO | TAX HIKES NOT RULED OUT AS BUDGET PROCESS BEGINS FOR FISCAL 2018

In 2009 lawmakers raised the sales tax. Four years later, tax hikes increased the cost of gasoline and tobacco. Could 2017 be the year for the next tax hikes? As the fiscal 2018 budget season kicked off with a revenue outlook hearing on Monday, state officials with broad power over state tax policy did not rule out tax increases, and expressed a range of perspectives on the idea. Read More

BAKER, DeLEO [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]

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ACCOUNTANTS CHECK IN ON TAX REVENUES, STAFFING

As lawmakers and administration officials huddled Monday to begin the process of assembling the fiscal year 2018 budget, the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants said Massachusetts should expect modest revenue growth in fiscal 2018, citing a survey of its tax experts. Read More


GOLDBERG FLAGS ISSUES WITH LOTTERY, STATE FINANCES, MARIJUANA

Despite the need to prepare for new marijuana oversight costs and stagnating Lottery profits, Treasurer Deborah Goldberg on Monday impressed upon lawmakers and the Baker administration that it would be folly to pull back from efforts to address pension system funding and build the state's rainy day fund. Read More


CONGRESSMAN DRAWS FROM COMMUTE IN REMARKS AT FORUM

After waiting for a train in the snow Monday morning, Congressman Seth Moulton pointed to his commute to call for "more cooperation and participation" on issues like transit financing. Read More


MOULTON WARNS DEMS AGAINST USING "DEAD WRONG" STRATEGY

As the Democratic Party responds to an election that landed Republicans in control of the White House and both branches of Congress, U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton on Monday said his party needs to rethink both its message and its messengers. Read More

At a Monday forum, Congressman Seth Moulton reiter

At a Monday forum, Congressman Seth Moulton reiterated his call that the Democratic Party needs to move in a new direction, despite his House colleagues voting to keep Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi as head of leadership. | Hi-Res


MASSACHUSETTS, QUEBEC SOLIDIFY TIES WITH NEW RESEARCH COUNCIL

Announcing members of a new Massachusetts-Quebec Collaborative Research Council, Senate President Rosenberg on Monday again identified direct air service as a potential result of a partnership established under House Speaker Robert DeLeo and former Senate President Therese Murray. Read More

Quebec National Assembly President Jacques Chagnon

Quebec National Assembly President Jacques Chagnon joined Senate President Stanley Rosenberg on Monday to announce members of the newly formed Massachusetts-Quebec Research Council. [Photo: Antonio Caban/SHNS] | Hi-Res


VIDEO | RESERVES, SAFETY NET SERVICES IDENTIFIED AS BUDGET PRIORITY AREAS

Massachusetts budget officials outlined broad priority areas Monday as they began forming an estimate of tax revenue avaible to spend next year. Read More


MTF ESTIMATES TAX REVENUE GROWTH OF 2.65 PERCENT IN FISCAL 2018

State tax revenues in the next budget cycle will grow by only 2.65 percent, according to the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, marking another year of sluggish collections and again dampening the environment for major spending increases. Read More


Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016

PEISCH, SPILKA SEE EDUCATION FUNDING AS 2017 PRIORITY

A pair of key lawmakers expect changes to the state's education funding system to be a priority for the Legislature next year, after attempts to tackle the issue this session faltered. Read More


EXPERTS LIKELY TO PREDICT REVENUE GROWTH OF LESS THAN 3 PERCENT, SPILKA SAYS

As Gov. Charlie Baker's team rounds up tens of millions of dollars from trust funds to balance this year's state budget, don't expect the extremely low Massachusetts jobless rate to bail out Beacon Hill with a big bump in state tax revenues next fiscal year. Read More


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