... House leaders commit to revenue debate, but say it won't be part of the annual budget debate ...... Cambridge Rep. Connolly backs away from his budget amendment raising capital gains tax ...... Feds urge states to apply for $900 million in infrastructure grants, with half eyed for rural communities ...... After testing waters, Salem Rep. Seth Moulton announces he is running for president ...... Uber, Lyft rally customers to oppose Massport's plan for higher fees on Logan Airport rides ...... Spilka names Sen. Crighton as Senate chair of the Massachusetts Legislative Tech Hub Caucus ...... Braintree Mayor Joe Sullivan not seeking re-election, according to local media reports ...
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ADJOURNED 'til Monday at 11 a.m.

LATEST HOUSE SESSION - (10 A.M. - 2 P.M.) - MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2019

House budget week began in earnest around 11 a.m. Monday, when Ways and Means Chairman Aaron Michlewitz introduced his committee's $42.7 billion fiscal year 2020 spending plan. Next up at the microphone was Revenue Committee Chairman Mark Cusack, who assured representatives that their revenue-related amendments would be vetted through the committee process. Members acquiesced and by 12:45 p.m. the House was done with revenue amendments and had voted to give the budget its initial approval. Read More

REVENUE'S A HOT TOPIC, BUT NOT AS PART OF HOUSE SPENDING DEBATE

Rep. Mike Connolly last week talked up his budget amendment to increase the state's capital gains tax, but the Cambridge Democrat decided to withdraw the measure Monday morning before his colleagues opened their annual budget deliberations, drawing the ire of progressive groups. Read More


HOUSE ADVANCES $42.7 BILLION STATE BUDGET PROPOSAL

House members from both parties on Monday folded their cards on revenue amendments, deferring to House leaders and their call to debate revenues later this year and not as part of the annual budget debate. Read More


SANDERS PLANS CAMPAIGN EVENT IN CAMBRIDGE TUESDAY

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will visit Cambridge on Tuesday for a presidential campaign event at Club Passim after making a more traditional stop to the north in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Read More


CRIGHTON

CRIGHTON NAMED SENATE CHAIR OF TECH CAUCUS

Sen. Brendan Crighton is the new Senate chair of the Legislative Tech Hub Caucus, Senate President Karen Spilka announced. Read More


CONNOLLY

REP PULLS AMENDMENT TO RAISE CAPITAL GAINS TAX

Rep. Mike Connolly last week talked up his budget amendment to increase the state's capital gains tax, but the Cambridge representative decided to withdraw the measure before his colleagues opened their annual budget deliberations on Monday, drawing the ire of progressive groups. Read More


COURT OFFICERS MAY CAST VOTES FOR HOUSE W&M LEADERS

Court officers may cast votes for three House leaders during this week's budget sessions under an order adopted on Monday. Read More


REPS HAVE CHANCE TO FORCE DEBATE ON REVENUE AMENDMENTS

[Coverage Developing] The House gavels in at 10 a.m. Monday to consider leadership's $42.7 billion fiscal year 2020 budget proposal and the 1,370 ways representatives have pitched to amend the spending plan, including some proposals to raise new revenue. Read More


TENTATIVE DEAL SENDS STOP & SHOP EMPLOYEES BACK TO WORK

After more than 10 days on picket lines, Stop & Shop workers returned to the job on Monday morning following the agreement between the unions and management on a tentative three-year deal. Details were not disclosed. Read More


CONVERSION THERAPY BAN SUPPORTERS PLAN STATE HOUSE CELEBRATION

Legislative backers of a two-week-old law banning the use of conversion therapy to change the gender identity or sexual orientation of minors plan to hold a celebration Tuesday evening. Supporters are invited to the third floor of the State House, outside the House chamber, at 7 p.m. to "sign an enlarged version of the bill," according to a Facebook post from Rep. Kay Khan. Read More


PERMIT, FUNDING PLANS LEAVE POLLACK BULLISH ON SOUTH COAST RAIL

[Story Developing] A project to renovate and expand commuter rail lines to the South Coast cleared important hurdles after receiving a crucial federal permit and full state funding, officials announced Monday. Read More


SENATE SESSION - MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2019

With their House colleagues gearing up on the other side of the third floor for the first of several days of budget debate, the Senate met briefly to advance a couple of sick leave bills. The action in the Senate this week won't take place until Thursday when the branch has a full formal session planned to debate legislation that would allow people to choose a gender-neutral "X" as their sex designation on drivers licenses and birth certificates. Read More


UBER, LYFT RALLY CUSTOMERS TO OPPOSE LOGAN PLAN

Uber and Lyft are gathering customer opposition to a Massachusetts Port Authority plan, arguing the agency's push to increase fees on transportation network company trips to and from Logan International Airport and funnel all rides on the apps through a central location is misguided. Read More


FEDS EYE RURAL AREAS FOR HALF OF $900 MIL IN INFRASTRUCTURE AID

The federal government put states on alert Monday to apply for $900 million in infrastructure grants by July 15. Read More


MOULTON

MOULTON MAKES 2020 PRESIDENTIAL BID OFFICIAL

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton is running for president in 2020, the second member of the Massachusetts congressional delegation to wade into to the crowded fray of Democratic candidates. Read More


Friday, April 19, 2019

WEEKLY ROUNDUP - LABOR OF LOVE

What do butter cows, greasy spoons and Stop & Shop picket lines have in common? Read More

Stop & Shop workers picketed Thursday outside the

Stop & Shop workers picketed Thursday outside the South Bay Center grocery store in Boston ahead of a solidarity visit from former Vice President Joe Biden. [Photo: Sam Doran/SHNS] | Hi-Res


AMENDMENT PROPOSES PAY CUT FOR UMASS BOSTON BRASS

A Quincy lawmaker is eyeing the salaries of top University of Massachusetts Boston brass as a potential source of savings at the financially-strapped campus. Read More


ADVANCES - WEEK OF APRIL 21, 2019

The House of Representatives gavels in at 10 a.m. Monday to begin its "budget week," a few days of longer-than-usual formal sessions held to consider amendments to leadership's $42.7 billion fiscal year 2020 budget proposal. The spending plan (H 3800) would boost total state spending by 3 percent over the current year's budget and includes no increases to broad-based taxes. Read More


MORE SPENDING COULD EASE AFFORDABLE HOUSING CRUNCH, ADVOCATES SAY

Amid growing warnings about declining access to affordable housing, advocates are urging lawmakers to ramp up investments in key programs beyond what was already proposed in the House leadership budget. Read More


STATE ADDS JOBS, UNEMPLOYMENT HOLDS AT 3 PERCENT

Although Massachusetts employers added 4,100 jobs in March, the overall unemployment rate stayed level at 3 percent, according to the latest figures released Friday by the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. Read More


AS 4/20 APPROACHES, STATE URGES RESPONSIBLE RECREATION

Saturday will be the first April 20 with legal and accessible marijuana for sale in Massachusetts, and the state is reminding consumers to puff, dab or dose responsibly. Read More


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