... HCFA's Rosman: state spending on MassHealth is 24 percent of budget, fed $$$ raise it up to 40 percent ...... Affordability - for the state budget, and for low-income residents - at center of MassHealth reform debate ...... 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 ...... Property tax bill will help elderly, disabled, veterans, Rosenberg tells Herald Radio ...... Goldberg says she has "no idea" about retail pot sales timeline, but leaders say July 2018 doable ...... ...
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GONZALEZ WANTS GUV, LEGIS TO FOLLOW PUBLIC RECORDS LAWS

Democrat Jay Gonzalez vowed Monday to voluntarily comply with public records laws if elected governor next year, and said he would file legislation to cover the governor's office and the Legislature under the law, ending a practice that has carried through the administrations of Democrats and Republicans.

Following up on national “Sunshine Week” celebrating transparency in government, Gonzalez lamented that Massachusetts was in limited company in exempting its governors from public records laws. Michigan, he said, is the only other state with such an exemption, and is considering legislation to change that.


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