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ADJOURNED 'til Thursday at 11 a.m. (Formal)

Nursing Home Question Carrying $272 Mil Cost

Supporter after supporter testified Tuesday in favor of a potential 2020 ballot question updating rates paid by state government to nursing homes, leading Sen. Patricia Jehlen to question where the money to pay the new, higher rates would come from.

Vaping Commission Mulls New Charge

A commission created in 2018 to study the use and potential regulation of vaping products got beat to the punch by the Legislature last year, but its chairs intend to use the group instead to monitor the effectiveness of last year's vaping law and look at ways to improve education around smoking.

Higher Cap Adds Flexibility at School Building Authority

With 1,800 schools spread out across Massachusetts, some more than 100 years old, the Massachusetts School Building Authority can't replace or repair them fast enough. But it's about to get a little breathing room.

Water Official Expects Progress on Sewage Overflow Notification

The head of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, which provides sewer service to 45 eastern Massachusetts towns, told a House committee Tuesday that he expects something to happen by June with legislation that would require public notification of sewage overflows.

Budget Suggests Expanded Gaming Revenues Stalling Out

The second full budget cycle with two full-scale casinos operating in Massachusetts won't be as fruitful as the first – the Baker administration is projecting that gaming revenue will decline in fiscal year 2021 as the casinos that have underperformed to this point work through what their owners say are growing pains.

Grant Program Opening to Replace School Water Fountains

A new grant program to help schools replace water fountains contaminated by lead will open on Monday, making up to $3,000 per fixture available to schools that have been tested.

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Michael and Kitty Dukakis Endorse Markey for Senate

Former Gov. Michael Dukakis and Kitty Dukakis are backing Sen. Edward Markey in his primary contest against Rep. Joseph Kennedy III.

NGA: Baker’s In for Winter Meeting Next Month

Gov. Charlie Baker is scheduled to participate in the National Governors Association's winter meeting in Washington, D.C., next month, the association said Tuesday.

OCPF Regs Cover Social Media Use by Public Employees

A campaign finance reporting law signed in November also directed state regulators to spell out appropriate usage of websites and social media for campaign purposes, and regulations laying out the details are up for a hearing next month.

Nursing Home Ballot Initiative Polling at 70 Percent

A recent poll shows more than 70 percent of voters are in favor of a nursing home funding ballot initiative, a proposal lawmakers plan to vet in a Tuesday afternoon hearing.

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Poll: Gas Price Considerations Influence TCI Support

A poll of Massachusetts voters taken this month showed support for Massachusetts joining a regional effort to cut emissions in the transportation sector, but opposition to a 17-cent-per-gallon increase in gas prices that the compact could cause.

Grogan Plans to Step Down from Boston Foundation Post

Boston Foundation President and CEO Paul Grogan plans to step down and the community foundation with net assets of $1.3 billion will launch a nationwide search for a new leader.

Boston Mayor’s Chief Leaving for Longwood Planning Org

The chief of staff to Boston's mayor is leaving City Hall to take a private-sector job in which he will oversee much of the planning and development in the city's bustling Longwood medical area.

Lechmere and Science Park To Close for Year Amid GLX Project

Somerville bridges will remain closed longer than expected and the last two stops on the Green Line will shut down for close to a year amid major work to renovate and expand the subway line, the MBTA announced Monday.

MBTA Orders Larger LCD Screens For Red, Orange Line Cars

The T will spend almost $49 million on additional improvements to the new Red and Orange Line fleets, targeting larger on-board digital screens and more handrails as worthwhile investments.

Additional Morning and Evening Trains Planned on Fairmont Line

Fairmount Line passengers will have access to eight more trips per weekday and will be able to tap CharlieCards to board core stations starting this spring under a new pilot program.

Senate Session Summary - Monday, Jan. 27, 2020

Four new memorials to law enforcement officers would be erected in Canton and Milton under a new Rep. William Driscoll bill admitted by the Senate on Monday.

House Session Summary - Monday, Jan. 27, 2020

Gov. Charlie Baker's annual local road and bridge funding bill was sent to the Transportation Committee during the House's quick session Monday morning, though that's not the transportation bill everyone is waiting for. After pushing it off from the fall, House leaders had been eyeing January for debate on a promised transportation financing plan, but the wait is now set to linger at least into February.

Field for Plymouth-area Senate Seat Dwindles

One of at least five Democrats eyeing the Senate seat held until late last year by Republican Vinny deMacedo dropped out of the race over the weekend, citing his lack of fundraising and discouraging polling.

Tyler Challenging Diners To Choose Black-Owned Restaurants

Boston Rep. Chynah Tyler is hoping to shine a light on black-owned restaurants during Black History Month, partnering with a Roxbury restaurant for the annual Boston Black Restaurant Challenge.

Marcelo Suarez-Orozco. [Courtesy/Facebook]

UCLA Dean “Rises to the Top” in Search For UMB Chancellor

A search committee named Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, a dean at the University of California Los Angeles, as its lone finalist Tuesday for the University of Massachusetts Boston chancellorship after months of searching and interviews with 11 potential candidates.

As Gov. Charlie Baker walked into a crowded hearing room Tuesday to advocate for his health care reform bill, he was approached by Sen. Barry Finegold (left) who later testified that he isn't satisfied with Baker's proposal. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]

Governor Senses “Pretty Good Chance” for Action on Health Care

A plan Gov. Charlie Baker says would reshape the health care system in Massachusetts has roots in an avenue he pursued when he worked in the insurance industry in the early 2000s.

Boston City Council President Kim Janey said terms like "manageable," "fix your hair," and "tame your hair" are problematic when discussing natural hairstyles. [Photo: Chris Van Buskirk/SHNS]

Bill Targets Discrimination Based on Natural Hairstyles

Boston City Council President Kim Janey said the first time her great aunt straightened her hair was when she was a three-year-old flower girl at a wedding in 1968. Her father was livid, she said, as the new hairdo was a rejection of black pride in his eyes.

Comptroller Andrew Maylor staked out his seat in the House Chamber before Gov. Charlie Baker's State of the Commonwealth speech on Jan. 21. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]

Maylor Leaving Comptroller Post for Academia

Less than a year after he started in the job, Comptroller Andrew Maylor announced Tuesday that he is resigning next month to become vice president and chief business officer at Merrimack College.

Trial Court Administrator Jonathan Williams said at a Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday that it is a "generational expectation" to have the judicial system's technological infrastructure move into the "modern age." [Photo: Chris Van Buskirk/SHNS]

Tech Upgrade Long Overdue in Courts, Judges Say

For a court to operate, judges need to make decisions quickly and to do that they need all the necessary materials in front of them as soon as possible. With a large amount of data to sift through, administrative staff may not be able to produce it fast enough.

Pam Wilmot of Common Cause Massachusetts was among the advocates and elected officials lobbying on Tuesday for Election Day voter registration as part of a legislative "deadline push." [Photo: Chris Van Buskirk/SHNS]

Advocates: Registration Reform Could Boost Turnout by 100,000

Supporters of a bill enabling people to register to vote as they cast their ballots are mounting another push for the long-sought reform as a key legislative deadline approaches and another election season unfolds in Massachusetts.

Political strategist Julie Roginsky (at podium), journalist Gretchen Carlson, and attorney Mitchell Garabedian were among those voicing support Monday for Sen. Diana DiZoglio's bill to restrict use of non-disclosure agreements on Beacon Hill. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]

Senator’s Fight to Ban NDAs Gets Lift From New Voices

Two former Fox News personalities who sued the network's then-CEO for sexual harassment added their voices Monday to a state senator's push to restrict the use of non-disclosure agreements on Beacon Hill.

Convention Center Authority executive director David Gibbons told lawmakers that "the selling of the Hynes (Convention Center) is not a quick firesale, as I have been accused of." [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS]

Link Between Hynes Sale and BCEC Expansion Questioned

If the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority is going to finance its plan for a $500 million expansion of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in the Seaport through the sale of the Back Bay's Hynes Convention Center, it is going to need to do more to get residents, businesses and legislators on board, a committee chair told the authority Monday.

Sen. Marc Pacheco slammed the MBTA's board on Monday for considering use of an outside vendor to operate 60 new buses, arguing that "privatization only results in higher costs and lower-quality service." [Photo: Chris Lisinski/SHNS]

Fierce Blowback Over MBTA’s Exploring of Bus Privatization

Dozens of union workers, elected officials and labor advocates crowded an MBTA board meeting Monday to slam officials for considering the use of a private bus operator to supplement public transit service.

Congresswoman Lori Trahan: "We have to figure out a way on how we're going to rebuild the muscle for working together again." [Photo: Katie Lannan/SHNS]

In Partisan Washington, Trahan Sees Room To Work With GOP

U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan's first year in Congress started with a government shutdown and ended with a vote to impeach the president.

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