... Rallies planned on Thursday and Sunday to fight repeal of Affordable Care Act ...... Mass. home sale agreements up nearly 15 percent in December, per Mass. Association of Realtors ...... MBTA poised to dip into deficiency fund to pay down debt, get lower interest rates ...... Audit recommends improvements at Carver Housing Authority ...... Baker, Walsh plan joint on-air conversation Jan. 26 on WBZ NewsRadio 1030 ...... State awards $5.7 million to local groups to combat gang violence ...... Moulton to participate in MLK Day service Monday in Lynn ...... Credit agencies reaffirm existing ratings on UMass debt ...... Economic outlook conference set for Jan. 17 at Federal Reserve Bank of Boston ...... Charter school group flags concerns over Trump education secretary pick DeVos ...... Baker, legislators face $615 million gap in fiscal 2018 budget ...... Codman Academy teacher a finalist for national teacher of the year ...... "Take a Second Look" PSA campaign aims to uncover human trafficking, DHS says ...... Rail link study in planning stages nearly 1,000 days after Legislature's directive ...... GAO issues flood insurance report ...... Party chair supports rule that trimmed guv field at 2014 Dem convention ...... MBTA angles to outsource warehouse operations ...... Wagner: DeLeo called him the days before swearing-in to ask him to make his speaker's nomination ...... Mass. gas prices up 21 cents per gallon since just after Thanksgiving ...... Wait is on for Marijuana Committee appointees now that session has begun ...... After chaotic end to formals, Legislature caps informals with 13-hour marathon sessions ...... Salem State University President Maguire Meservey plans to retire ...... New law governing notaries public took effect this week ...... MBTA Control Board plans to live-stream its public meetings ...... House, Senate agree to bill requiring defibrillators in schools ...... House, Senate again fail to agree on bill aimed at curbing metal theft ...... Lawmakers agree to bill aimed at boosting electric vehicles, charging infrastructure ...
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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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