... HCFA's Rosman: state spending on MassHealth is 24 percent of budget, fed $$$ raise it up to 40 percent ...... Affordability - for the state budget, and for low-income residents - at center of MassHealth reform debate ...... Baker plans to take corrective budget actions if his MassHealth plan isn't passed by Sept. 14 ...... MTF: Baker vetoed nine outside sections, amended 25 out of 150 total budget sections ...... Seventeen of returned budget sections deal with employer assessments or unemployment insurance rates ...... Baker vetoed $320 mil in 169 line items, with $202 million in vetoes associated with MassHealth reforms ...... Legislative earmarks worth $42 million are carved out of budget by Baker vetoes ...... Baker: Legislature's budget underfunds accounts, overestimates revenues by about $100 million ...... Property tax bill will help elderly, disabled, veterans, Rosenberg tells Herald Radio ...... Goldberg says she has "no idea" about retail pot sales timeline, but leaders say July 2018 doable ...... ...
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LATEST BROCKTON OFFICIALS AMONG THOSE CHALLENGING EDUCATION FUNDING ADEQUACY

Rep. Michelle DuBois, who graduated high school just before the 1993 education reform law, said the cash-strapped state of Brockton schools today is reminiscent of her days in classrooms packed with around 50 students. Read More

MILFORD GEARS UP FOR POTENTIAL WATER COMPANY PURCHASE

Officials in the town of Milford are tending to the same responsibilities as those in the state's other 350 cities and towns. They're also attempting to buy a water department. Read More


DELEGATION BRING RAIL SYSTEM WIRELESS CONCERNS TO FCC

Members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation say they support enhanced wireless service for MBTA commuter rail riders, but have concerns with infrastructure plans that are central to achieving that goal. Read More


BOSTON PRESSES TO USE CONVENTION FUNDS FOR EARLY ED

Duck Boat sightseers would help float Boston’s pre-kindergarten education under a proposed scheme to redirect surplus tourism fees from the city’s convention center to classrooms that serve some of the state's youngest learners. Read More


BAKER DEPUTIES PRESS HEALTH CARE REFORMS AT HEARING

[Story Developing] As lawmakers expressed concerns about potential negative impacts on low-income people, three top Baker administration officials urged the Legislature to agree to the governor's MassHealth reforms, saying the program must be put on a more sustainable financial path and the state needs to act quickly to address growing costs. Read More


SEXUAL VIOLENCE BILL AIMS TO STRENGTHEN PROTECTIONS AT COLLEGES

With an eye on Washington, the Massachusetts Senate on Monday gave initial approval to a bill that would cement Title IX statutes in Massachusetts and take protections for college students who are victims of sexual violence a step further. Read More


DRAFT KINGS DISGRUNTLED WITH ONLINE GAMING PANEL RECOMMENDATIONS

[Coverage Developing] The panel that has been studying the emerging online gaming industries on Tuesday recommended that the Legislature broadly define "online gaming" and permanently legalize daily fantasy sports, but hold off on allowing other forms of online gambling for now. Read More


MASS. HOME, CONDO PRICES AND SALES CONTINUE STEADY ASCENT

The median prices for a single-family home or condominium in Massachusetts hit their highest marks ever for the month of June but analysts warn that prices may be approaching unsustainable highs, according to a report out Tuesday. Read More


Monday, July 24, 2017

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE STRUCK DOWN BY JUDGE

A Superior Court judge, in a ruling bound for appeal, found on Monday that the state's voter registration deadline is unconstitutional. Read More


SLOW GROWTH, TIGHT BUDGETS LIKELY TO CONTINUE, S&P PREDICTS

The rate of job creation will likely slow and budget problems could trickle down from the state to the local level as the plodding economic recovery from the recession that began nearly a decade ago persists through 2018, S&P Global Ratings said in a new forecast. Read More


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REPS WILL FILE BILL TO COUNTER SJC IMMIGRATION RULING

After the state's highest court ruled there is no authority for officials to hold immigrants solely at the request of federal authorities, three Republican House members are working to gather momentum behind legalizing those types of detentions. Read More


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SENATOR: VETO MEANS KIDS COULD DIE ON WAITLIST FOR SERVICES

An attempt to end a waiting list for palliative care services for children may have been stymied by Gov. Charlie Baker's veto pen, according to a lawmaker who backed the effort. Read More


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BAKER SEEKING TRUMP ADMIN APPROVAL FOR FLEXIBILITY FROM ACA

As it simultaneoulsy pursues Medicaid reform proposals in the state Legislature, the Baker administration has taken the first steps toward seeking approval of health care policy changes from the Trump administration. Read More


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GOP ATTORNEY FROM BOURNE POISED TO LAUNCH AG CAMPAIGN

While some Democrats continue to watch Attorney General Maura Healey for signs that she'll change her mind about running for governor, Healey has drawn her first challenger for re-election in 2018. Read More


STATE GRANT SEEN AS PIVOTAL FOR WINTHROP BUSINESS DISTRICT

With his health care reforms pending before the House and just prior to embarking on an out of state trip, Gov. Charlie Baker traveled on Friday to Winthrop where he announced a $2.38 million state grant to make water, sewer, roadway, sidewalk and streetscape improvements in the community's business district. Read More


BOSTON SCHOOLS SELECTED FOR SOCIAL LEARNING INITIATIVE

About 15,000 Boston Public Schools children in kindergarten through fifth grade will receive social and emotional learning services, part of "groundbreaking work" that supporters say can lead to positive results in the classroom and outside of school. Read More


SOME SENATORS LOOKING TO EXPAND SCOPE OF PROP TAX BILL

Senators have filed more than two dozen amendments to the property tax bill expected to be debated Thursday in the Senate. Read More


MASS. MUST ACT TO SEIZE CLEAN ENERGY MANTLE, FRESHMAN REP SAYS

A first-term representative is asking his colleagues to act swiftly on his clean energy legislation, saying passing it this year could help position the state as an industry leader and alleviate lawmakers' concerns about potential political consequences. Read More


BUS MAINTENANCE PRIVATIZATION MAY BE NEXT CHAPTER IN MBTA REFORM

The MBTA has begun soliciting bids from private companies to provide maintenance of T buses at a third of the MBTA's bus maintenance facilities, the latest salvo in what has now been a two-year skirmish over privatization at the transit agency. Read More

MBTA bus maintenance workers rallied last week as

MBTA bus maintenance workers rallied last week as they launched an anti-privatization campaign. [Photo: File/Colin Young/SHNS]


NO BUDGET INCREASE FOR STATE ETHICS COMMISSION

The State Ethics Commission's annual budget isn't being cut or increased, a status its executive director said reflects a statewide "climate of austerity." Read More


HIGH COURT RULES DETENTIONS FOR ICE NOT SUPPORTED BY LAW

State law does not permit officials to detain immigrants solely at the request of federal immigration officials, the Supreme Judicial Court ruled Monday, putting up a legal barrier to a long-running component of immigration enforcement. In the case of Commonwealth v. Sreynuon Lunn, the court concluded that "nothing in the statutes or common law of Massachusetts authorizes court officers to make a civil arrest in these circumstances." Read More

The SJC's ruling Monday in Commonwealth v. Lunn co

The SJC's ruling Monday in Commonwealth v. Lunn could stir the churning immigration debate playing out in Congress and at federal courthouses. [Photo: File/Sam Doran/SHNS]


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