... 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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BAKER ORDERED SPENDING BANS IN APRIL

By Michael P. Norton

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JUNE 19, 2017....Gov. Charlie Baker and his team have been careful in recent months not to specify how he's managing state spending to deal with tax revenues that are now running nearing half a billion dollars behind estimates, saying only that he's "working the edges" of the fiscal 2017 budget and trying to balance it by June 30 through "nipping and tucking."

Democratic legislative leaders, who hold super-majorities in both branches and are usually fiercely protective of their spending priorities, have largely hidden laid back, quietly letting Baker do the dirty work of bringing their budget in balance.


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