ADVANCES - WEEK OF JAN. 15, 2017
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 13, 2017.....Donald Trump will be sworn in Friday as the 45th president of the United States and a wave of protest events tied to the historic transition of power are planned locally. The Nov. 8 election has not ushered in a period of unity, compromise and hope, but rather a continuation of the partisanship and uncertainty that threaded through the presidential campaign, accentuated by a new spirit, especially in Massachusetts, of resistance and opposition to the Republican powers in Washington D.C. State leaders are sizing up the potentially significant downstream effects of what appears to be the first priority of Trump and the GOP-led Congress, repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act. Rolling that law back appears inevitable. The big unknown is what it will be replaced with and how that new law will affect people with and without insurance, health care costs and state government finances.
-- STATE OF CITY, BUDGET ROLLOUT, HEALTH CARE: Also next week, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, who just picked up a mayoral campaign opponent in City Councilor Tito Jackson, delivers his State of the City address Tuesday night at Symphony Hall. The curtain will likely open wider on Gov. Charlie Baker's fiscal 2018 budget plans. And the general public is invited to directly address a commission examining variations in prices charged by hospitals, an issue where part of the problem is that pricing does not appear to be a top consideration of most consumers, who are interested in convenience and care quality.
-- BILL-FILE DEADLINE, SENATE DEMS CAUCUS, MMA MEETING: The Legislature continues to slowly assemble itself. As lawmakers await rules reform proposals from House and Senate leaders as well as committee assignments and permanent office space designations, they face a Friday, Jan. 20 deadline for "seasonably filed" bills. Senate Democrats will be on Beacon Hill Wednesday for a closed caucus. The week ends with Friday's inaugural in Washington, which will coincide with local protests and the annual meeting of a municipal government association that keeps a close eye on a big share of the state budget: local aid.
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