11/29/21 4:53 PM
The Baker administration still does not know when it will announce how much money it will borrow to bolster the state's unemployment insurance fund or provide an updated estimate of the account's current balance, an uncertain outlook that has left businesses itching for information and could further delay recommendations for overhauling the joblessness aid system.
11/29/21 4:49 PM
The Massachusetts State House is a building that "needs to bustle," Gov. Charlie Baker said on Monday, 623 days after legislative leaders closed it to the public.
11/29/21 4:13 PM
Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday that the state is still waiting for guidance from the federal government on how to better serve the influx of migrants from Haiti who have been showing up in Massachusetts, often without the exact documentation they need to qualify for services.
11/29/21 3:57 PM
The Baker administration is working with Central Maine Power Company and Hydro-Quebec to identify possible alternatives to the New England Clean Energy Connect transmission project that Maine voters essentially rejected at the ballot box earlier this month, the governor said Monday.
11/29/21 2:43 PM
As scientists and policymakers around the world work to figure out exactly what kind of a threat the latest COVID-19 mutant poses, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday that his administration is trying to make it easier for residents to bolster their protection against the coronavirus by getting a booster shot.
11/29/21 2:38 PM
State regulators have revoked the license of a Leominster company after investigators determined that lab officials there failed to properly analyze private drinking water samples, engaged in unfair and deceptive practices, and made false or misleading statements in lab reports.
11/29/21 12:00 PM
The Senate on Monday sent Gov. Charlie Baker a local bill authorizing retirement with benefits for Weymouth police officer Sean Murphy, who responded to the shooting of Sgt. Michael Chesna in 2018, along with a bill establishing an open town meeting form of government in Lee.
11/29/21 11:58 AM
The House held its first post-Thanksgiving session, acting on local bills including legislation that would allow the Dunstable Board of Selectmen to appoint a town clerk. Monday marked the two-week anniversary of the establishment of a six-person panel tasked with settling differences between two bills (H 4234 / S 2580) to spend nearly $4 billion in American Rescue Plan Act funds and fiscal 2021 surplus revenue.
11/29/21 10:36 AM
Republicans won't gather for another six months to endorse a candidate for governor, but Republican Geoff Diehl has begun to try to lay the groundwork for that convention when he will most likely be up against a well organized opponent in either Gov. Charlie Baker or Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito.
11/26/21 10:56 AM
December's arrival means both Gov. Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey are a step closer to finally announcing their political plans. Baker is also preparing his fiscal 2023 budget, which could be his last as governor, and finance teams are gearing up for their annual December hearing on state revenue projections.
11/25/21 7:00 AM
This year marks the 400th anniversary of the "first Thanksgiving" at Plymouth, and President Joseph Biden issued his Thanksgiving Proclamation from within the Bay State on Wednesday.
11/24/21 1:25 PM
Before gaveling out for a long Thanksgiving weekend, the Senate sent Gov. Charlie Baker bills affecting affordable housing in Ipswich, the Woburn Public Library's trustees, and a prospective Haverhill police officer, along with a bill mandating genocide history curriculum in Massachusetts middle and high schools.
11/24/21 11:58 AM
The Legislature on Wednesday sent Gov. Charlie Baker a bill (S 2557) that would require public schools to teach the history of genocide while also setting up a fund to help create new curriculum.
11/24/21 11:20 AM
Maine's top environmental protection official suspended the license for the New England Clean Energy Connect transmission project Tuesday evening, putting the project that's a critical part of the Baker administration's energy and climate policy on ice unless and until a court rules in its favor.
11/23/21 5:19 PM
Limits on law enforcement use of facial recognition software enacted last year "did not go far enough" to rein in the technology, a top Senate Democrat told her colleagues on Tuesday.
11/23/21 5:09 PM
Renewing her case to overhaul the state's hate crimes statute, Attorney General Maura Healey on Tuesday argued that existing law allows for effectively "no difference" in punishment between a racist assault and a punch thrown among feuding bar-hoppers.
11/23/21 4:55 PM
Littleton resident Kristen Guichard told lawmakers she pays $47,000 to send her two kids to day care four days a week, providing them with a supportive environment she feels lucky to have. It's a price tag she knows not everyone can afford and that can come with challenges that go beyond strictly financial, she said.
11/23/21 4:30 PM
A new state fund outlined in a bill before the Legislature would help facilitate improvements to underutilized commercial or industrial buildings in economically distressed areas, a measure that supporters say would help spur job creation, business, and maintain historic structures.
11/23/21 3:54 PM
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu hopes to name a new commissioner of the Boston Police Department in early 2022, but not before soliciting feedback from neighborhoods throughout the city, she said Tuesday.
11/29/21 3:46 PM
With Congress entering a critical end-of-year stretch, U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark told business leaders on Monday that their support over the coming weeks could help preserve key elements of a $1.7 trillion social spending package, including money for child care, that Democratic leaders hope to push through the Senate in December.
11/29/21 3:28 PM
A little more than two weeks past his 65th birthday, Gov. Charlie Baker said he still wants to be "working for a long time," but did not indicate if those plans will involve a bid to keep his current job for another four years.
11/29/21 10:09 AM
The two Democrats running for an open state Senate seat spent the weekend on the campaign trail, with Revere School Committee member Anthony D'Ambrosio taking jabs at Beacon Hill while touring small businesses and Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards collecting an endorsement from Sen. Ed Markey.
11/29/21 9:37 AM
An attorney with nearly three decades of experience and an interest in fastpitch softball for young women is Gov. Charlie Baker's latest nominee for a judgeship.
11/29/21 9:26 AM
[Coverage Developing] Count Gov. Charlie Baker among the public officials who are eagerly awaiting answers to crucial questions about the latest COVID-19 mutant and whether it could alter the nature of the pandemic and the public health response.
11/26/21 10:44 AM
When Stephen Brewer decided to call it a career in politics in 2014, the Barre Democrat said he looked forward to teaching himself how to play the banjo.
11/24/21 10:34 AM
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11/23/21 3:54 PM
State regulators failed to perform some of their required oversight of Uber and Lyft during a nearly two-year period, raising questions about whether all drivers who transported Massachusetts passengers in that span were eligible to do so, according to new audit findings.
11/23/21 3:19 PM
... There's a new first assistant attorney general, a new corporation counsel for the City of Boston, and a new general counsel at the Office of Campaign and Political Finance ... Climate Envoy John Kerry's new senior advisor is a former Congressional candidate ... former Rep. Brian Dempsey has added an associate to his lobbying practice ... longtime state epidemiologist Al DeMaria has a new role with a museum ... the Small Business Administration's New England area has a new regional administrator ... and Cambridge's new chief public health officer arrives with fresh experience from Round Rock, Texas ...
11/23/21 3:19 PM
With cases of COVID-19 beginning to surge again and the colder winter months arriving, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said Tuesday she's exploring options to implement a vaccine mandate for businesses like restaurants and performance venues, but was not ready yet to commit to the policy.
11/23/21 3:12 PM
As COVID-19 hospitalizations climb and residents seek care that they might have put off over the last year and a half, the Baker administration will next week begin requiring hospitals to roll back non-essential and non-urgent scheduled procedures if the number of available beds at the facility is limited.
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