... Worcester-based Amazon HQ could boost east-west rail plans, Setti Warren says ...... Baker aide texted Newton mayor Thursday night to ask for Amazon ideas to put into state's bid, Warren says ...... "God bless 'em. Go for it," Baker tells locals interested in hosting Amazon's second headquarters ...... As summer ends, Rosenberg says major bills will be unveiled in coming weeks ...... Senate planning to release transportation plan this fall, but debate on bill not expected, Rosenberg says ...... Source: AG Healey to endorse Mayor Walsh Friday ...... Baker: Graham-Cassidy will force coverage retreat or major search for new revenue ...... Baker headed back to Washington as debate rages over health care, opioids ...... Worcester Sheriff Evangelidis appointed chairman of Massport Board ...... Pair of South Shore attorneys nominated by governor for Superior Court judgeships ...... Only 5 percent of 600,000 mattresses discarded annually are recycled, activists say ...... In Boston visit, AG sessions pledges crackdown on transnational gangs, fight against opioids ...... Common Cause: Facebook's Russian ads disclosure should spur Congress to enhance transparency on online political ads ...... ...
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STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JUNE 16, 2017.....Two things state lawmakers seem to hate talking about - marijuana and higher taxes - are both on the agenda again next week as the Legislature forges ahead with what's turning out to be an awkward rewriting of the ballot law legalizing marijuana use for anyone 21 and over. The pot law debate is sharing center stage with Beacon Hill's 800-pound gorillas - the fiscal 2017 and fiscal 2018 budgets. Gov. Charlie Baker signed the fiscal 2017 budget July 8, 2016 and a fiscal 2018 budget is due in two weeks, but there are major unresolved issues with both budgets and the governor and legislative leaders have gone into bunker mode on both fronts - Baker refuses to say how he's single-handedly balancing the fiscal 2017 budget and legislative leaders who voted to close fiscal 2018 budget talks still don't seem sure about the basic revenue base for the bill they're under pressure to produce. The governor gets 10 days to review bills and on Tuesday there will be 10 days remaining until the July 1 start of the new fiscal year. A temporary budget remains a possibility, but budget talks, usually a shadowy affair, are fully underground now.


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