[Story Developing] House leaders detailed a $3.65 billion spending package Monday that would invest in housing, hospitals, schools and workforce development, proposing to draw from last year's state budget surplus and over half of its American Rescue Plan Act funds to prop up workers, industries and communities hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The state comptroller is eying a mid-November date to deliver an annual financial report, a timetable that falls a couple weeks after a statutory deadline but lands earlier than in the past two years. "If our projected date stays good, I think it's fair to say it may not be ideal -- it's not ideal -- but it's at least a return closer to historical norms and in the right direction," Comptroller William McNamara said Monday.
The branches resumed and quickly recessed their Constitutional Convention Monday with plans to meet next on April 11, 2022. No action was taken during the two-minute joint session on any of the items on the convention calendar.
A twin copy of the soldiers' home reform bill was admitted Monday in the Senate, three weeks after another copy was admitted in the House and sent to the Veterans and Federal Affairs Committee. Filed in September by Sen. Michael Rush of Boston and Rep. Linda Dean Campbell of Methuen, the bill (H 4195 / SD 2765) would elevate the Office of Veterans' Services to a Cabinet-level secretariat and impose certification requirements on the state-run Holyoke and Chelsea veteran care facilities.
The North Atlantic right whale population has shrunk by 30 percent over the last decade, capped off by a roughly 8 percent annual decline to an estimated 336 whales remaining in 2020, the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium announced Monday.
Low- and middle-income workers who provided critical services during the pandemic would receive a total of $500 million in premium pay bonuses and $500 million more would cushion the impact of unemployment insurance increases on businesses, under a bill emerging in the Legislature on Monday that uses American Rescue Plan Act funds.
Beacon Hill leaders continue to juggle pandemic management with legislative wrangling, but with formal sessions due to cease for the year on Nov. 17, they now have less than a month to deliver on their fall agenda.
Millions have gotten it, and more want it, mostly for their children. There are boosters with evolving eligibility standards and the possibility for mixing and matching. Others flat out still refuse to get it.
The woman who has led the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic is leaving her post, the Baker administration announced Friday.
The statewide unemployment rate rose from 5 percent to 5.2 percent in September, while employers reported adding 11,900 jobs across Massachusetts last month, labor officials announced on Friday.
Movement toward a low-income fare program at the MBTA will remain stalled for at least another month while the agency's new governing body gets up to speed, officials said Thursday.
The MBTA will postpone the opening of a Green Line Extension stop in Somerville by three months, and the already-delayed May 2022 goal for the remainder of the megaproject may also run into issues, officials announced Thursday.
House Democrats and Republicans came together on Thursday to approve a plan that would recast the boundaries for all 160 House districts, strengthening opportunities in places like Worcester, Lawrence, Brockton and Chelsea for candidates of color to win seats over the next decade. The new districts reflect the changes in population across the state since 2010 during which time Massachusetts not only grew, but became more diverse.
The House passed legislation (H 4210) Thursday afternoon establishing new political boundaries for all 160 House districts, taking one of the final steps in the decennial redistricting process.
The Senate mapped its timeline for considering new Senate districts, adding the Redistricting Committee's proposed senatorial boundaries (S 2560) to the calendar for next Wednesday, Oct. 27. Amendments are due by 1 p.m. Monday.
The fine details are still being worked out, but the Baker administration expects there will be about 700 locations across the state where kids as young as 5 will be able to get vaccinated against COVID-19 if federal agencies approve the expansion of vaccine eligibility as expected in the coming weeks.
Security workers have caught firearms at Logan Airport checkpoints this year at more than twice the rate they did in 2019, part of what Massachusetts Port Authority CEO Lisa Wieland called a "pretty alarming trend" across the country.
A bill that aims to make life easier for on-the-move military families and another that would require all Massachusetts middle and high schools to teach about the history of genocide each cleared the Senate unanimously on Thursday.
About nine out of 10 employees at the Massachusetts Port Authority have submitted proof they are vaccinated against COVID-19 or requested a medical or religious exemption, Massport CEO Lisa Wieland said Thursday, but the agency still must address employees who did not meet the compliance deadline.